Now is the time

A coworker died. His wife died about a month ago.  He was young.  They were both young.

He had been not taking care of himself for the past year, ever since she got sick.  His blood pressure was high.  He drank a lot of sodas and ate a lot of fast food.  He never took time to exercise.

He said that he used to take care of himself, but that he just didn’t have time now. Now it is too late.  Such a waste of a life.

Jeff Russell was a good man.  He was kind, caring, and funny.  He could do any impression.  He brought food for everyone in the branch all the time.  He was good with the patrons.  He was easygoing.  He didn’t gossip or badmouth anybody.

Yet he suffered.  He was quiet about his pain and his loss.  He didn’t know how to handle life after his wife died.

The day he died, he laid down because he wasn’t feeling well, and he didn’t wake up.  His family thinks it was a heart attack. It isn’t just that his heart stopped.  It was broken.  His sadness filled him up and drowned him, and he died.

Now is the time.  There is no other time to eat well, to exercise, to take care of yourself.  There is no other time to rest, relax, and process your feelings.  Now. Or never.

You have to build up your flame, or it will go out.  You, and nobody else, can do this.  You must do this.  Tomorrow doesn’t exist.  Today is all you have.  Use it well.

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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