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18 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Hear the music..!

ROBERT CLEMENTS

My aunt from Canada is down for a few days and was eager to meet her nephews and nieces, I shuddered as I heard some of the excuses, "We'll come but we'll stay a few minutes only!" or another, "I'm so busy I can't leave the house, as I have to finish off some housework."
It saddened me that we try to fit others into our schedules instead of fitting ourselves into the schedules of many who want to be with us.
A famous writer says, "I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in half an hour?"  She would stammer, "I can't.  I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain."  And my personal favorite:  "It's Monday."
"She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together." Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule even our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect:
We'll visit dad and mom when we get a live in maid to look after the baby.  
We'll entertain Kumar uncle when we replace the living-room carpet.  We'll go on a second honeymoon when the kids are out of college.
Life has a way of speeding up, as we get older.  Days get shorter, and the list of promises gets longer.  One morning, we'll awaken, and all we'll have to show for our lives will be: "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit!"
Start living the moment!
Go on and have a different day.  Do something you'd like to do to do, not something on your schedule list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, whom would you call and what would you say?                
And why are you waiting?
Get out of your rigid straitjacket schedules: Watch kids playing on a merry go round, listen to the rain lapping on the ground! Follow a butterfly's erratic
flight or gaze at the sun into the fading night!
When you ask "How are you?"  Do you wait for the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred odd jobs running through your head?  Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow, lets go for a walk together and enjoy the rest of the evening?"
When you hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift, thrown away: Life is not a race. Take it slower. Ah my dear friend; hear the music before the song is over…!
    bobsbanter@gmail.com

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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