The Problem With Saving The Best For Best

As a child I never understood the concept of keeping the nicest things we own for best.
Best china, best shoes, best lead cut crystal (before anyone realized what lead cut meant btw), sometimes even whole rooms are cordoned off “for best”.

The thing is we never know when the best of the best is coming.  We can try to make it the best, by literally bringing out the best we have-the china, glasses, shoes etc. but the acid test is the memory or memories the occasion spurns.

And here’s another thing, the best is the time we have right now.  It’s all we have.  The past has gone, the future is not yet here, all we have is now.I feel a familiarity with this concept after my brush with the feeling of the shadows of death, as the thought, “I’m gonna die right here, right now,” ran through my mind.

Of course I am here so I didn’t die but most of my things, best or not, fried in that fire.  And I learned a valuable lesson, just because I am here today planning what I will do tomorrow does not mean that tomorrow will dawn for me.

One day it will be lights out forever, and I feel it is that window of time, the one when you know it is a one way trip, that is the most precious.  I don’t want to go into my next chapter kicking and screaming, or heaven forbid, chronically ill and or incapacitated.

I don’t want to feel unprepared, nor those around me.  Not saying I love you enough to those I do will not cut it.  Regrets are not on my bucket list and I do my damnedest not to collect any more than the two regrets I already have.

We can escape death once or maybe even more, but one thing is for sure, when it’s time for lights out, death won’t take no for an answer.  This is one expiration date that is not stamped out at time of manufacture!

So after losing almost everything I owned and gaining a life, here is one thing that I know and live every day.  The best time I have is RIGHT NOW.  When I love something I don’t put it away for best, I get it out, use it and get pleasure from it every time I see it.

Check out my cabinets and closets, you won’t find tiers of things, the not so good, day stuff and best. And what’s up with 3 shelves of mugs and only 2 people in a house? I never did understand that one!

Oh no, only my faves get to come out daily. I live in a cottage, cabinet space is premium, only the coolest get to hang out in my cupboards!  Drinking my tea or chai is so much better out of my favorite cup than from a poor second.

So dump out those seconds, bring forth the favorites and start to live your best life ever, every minute of the day.  Life is an experience waiting to be encountered, how we do that is up to us.

What I know is that we have to stop waiting for the best to happen and start creating the best we can with the best we have.  Get some best in your life and watch your heart smile.

It’s time to stop doing our best and start BEING our best, every minute of every breath we are licensed to breath, for one day our body will be called in and our breathe will have nowhere to go.

What about you, do you save the best for best or is your daily life sprinkled with all your best bits?

Until tomorrow…

Live. Love. Be Loved.