“Just Make the Chili”

Time is fleeting. Time is precious. It seems like the older we get, the faster time passes. My grandmother used to tell me, “The older you get, the days get longer and the years get shorter.” How true that is!!! How often do we find ourselves busy in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget how quickly life can change? It can literally change in a split second or a heartbeat. It is important for us to be thankful and take the time each and every day, to enjoy the ones we love…to spend time with them…sometimes doing things with them that we don’t feel like. We sometimes take all that we have been blessed with in life for granted.

The following little story should serve as a great reminder to all of us to spend our cherished time with our loved ones every day.

A friend of mine unexpectedly lost his wife. A couple of months later, we were golfing together, chatting about nothing. He asked what my dinner plans were and I told him that my wife wanted to make homemade chili and cornbread, but I didn’t feel like stopping at the store.

He quietly said, “Make the chili.”

It took me a few minutes to realize that we were no longer talking about dinner. It was about going out of your way to do something for someone you love because at any moment, they could be unexpectedly be taken from you.

So, today I am sharing with you that wisdom that was handed to me by my dear friend, that I have thought of many times since that day. The next time someone you love wants to go for a walk or watch a football or play a board game or just put your phone down and give them your undivided attention, just do it.

“Make the Chili”

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