Saturday, November 10, 2012

Never too Late

Everyday we are faced with choices.  We choose what we read, whom we vote for, what to wear, and what to eat. Yet we also choose to disagree with our children, our spouse and even our dearest friends.   I want you to think for a moment about what would happen if that was the last word you spoke to them.  Would you be happy?  These seem dreary thoughts, but recently several young people lost their lives on the way to school.  They are gone, but what I would like you to consider is that life is too short to choose not to say a kind word to one another as you part company.  What if something happened and you never got another chance to say, "I'm Sorry" or worse yet you did not get a chance to say, "I love you".

Here are a few titles filled with choices and second chances. Hopefully reading them will give you hope or at least make you consider making better life choices.

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon is a book filled with choices.  What would you do if the man you loved lived a hundred years in the past, yet your child was in this time with you? If you had a chance to visit with him, would you leave your child behind to be with your true love?  Learn what Claire Randall chooses in this amazing time traveling romance. This is the fourth book in the epic saga.

Choices by Mary Lee Settle gives us glimpses of a tough lady, Melinda Kregg, who has a lot of heart and struggles to make amends for inheriting a fortune. Her father was a coal-mining mogul and when he dies she inherits what she terms "blood money". Melinda devotes her life to helping others and fights for the underdog. Melinda's life is full of choices and eventually she realizes it is time she returns home, back to the States where she now fights for civil rights.  This is an intriguing story that will take the reader through a century of tumultuous changes.

The Season of Second Chances: A Novel by Diane Meier tells a magnificent story about Joy who learns  the key to the affection of family and friends is being worthy of it, and most important, that second chances are waiting to be discovered within us all.

I am hoping everyone will discover it is never too late to change. Every person in the world has said hurtful things to someone they love. Most of us fortunately have an opportunity to make it right.  My hope is that you (and I) will have a chance to bring our families and friends closer together.  Remember the next time (I'm sure there will be one) you are unhappy with your child and speak angry words please remember to hug them and love them.  It is never too late to start a new tradition.  Live each day fully and appreciate what you have.

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