Friday, March 06, 2009

First Friday of March

So I will go to church this morning on my way to work.  I am going to try to do this every first Friday this year.  

I am sure tired by Friday morning.  

I got a brochure yesterday for a trip to Rome with a Catholic tour.  I am really considering going into debt to do this.  The trip is in November.  

I only get this one life.  I am not getting any younger.  I have wanted to go to Rome all of my life.  

I am also planning a week long vacation in July to go paint for five days at the beach.

My daughter said to me recently "you are acting like a millionaire."  I suppose she is right.  I am far from being a millionaire.  Losing the money I lost in the stock market made me reevaluate what I am doing with my money and with my life.  My goal was never to be rich.  I just don't want to be old and looking longingly at a can of cat food for dinner.  But the money I lost in the stock market could have been used for many things that I have always wanted  to do... like take a trip to Rome, or put wood floors in my house.   Instead the money I have been suffering to put away has been used for extravagant and decadent lifestyles of the rich and now infamous.  

I don't want to reach the end of my life and realize that all I have is a few bucks in the bank, and I haven't done the things I wanted.  

Gotta get ready for another long and wonderful day.  Starting at church, which is always wonderful.  No meetings at work.  Will take a walk at noon with a work-friend.  Will pick up my daughter tonight.  It just all sounds so good.

12 comments:

Syd said...

You're so right. This time of ours isn't a dress rehearsal--it's the real thing and there is only one go at it. I hope that the trip to Rome comes about. Have a great day. It sounds as if you will.

Banana Girl said...

This resonates with me this morning. Rome...what a complete testatment to your spiritual growth and depth. The money will sort itself out. Besides, you can't spend what is a figure on a statement. Until we really cash in, it is just like equity in a house. Don't give that more power than it deserves. The money-grubbers never touched it. They just helped the numbers on the statement change. Patience is hard with these matters out of our control. Hubby has pointed this out to me many times. Cycles will repeat. I closed 134 banks in 1988 through 1990. The market came back. It will again. This is a tool, not a source of life or living. I keep forgetting that when I let this fear of losing come in. So hang in and I am praying for your life filled with bounty today. Rome..."I lift mine eyes to the hills...."

Pam said...

I did not fully appreciate Rome when I was there at age 17. I stood at the Vatican and wondered what time you could buy beer.

steveroni said...

Meeting this morning was Step 11... Your blog is just an extension of that meeting. Thanks!

Had breakfast with the 'boys' this morning. Also a good 'First friday'!

steveroni said...

What a GREAT "Banana" comment! I am SO blessed to be a part of all this.

dAAve said...

That all sounds really good.
Start practicing your Latin.

Scott W said...

I hear there is some good art there. I say go for it!

Cat said...

"I don't want to reach the end of my life and realize that all I have is a few bucks in the bank, and I haven't done the things I wanted."

this so resonates with me - I get this!

raino said...

my sister went to rome and said it was the most spectacular place she had ever been.

Scott said...

nothing wrong with enjoying life... especially those big meaningful things we work so hard to be able to do...

great post this morning thanks MC!

my church attendace has been up during Lent... always happens that way for me

Findon said...

You must go to Rome, see it all, go to themeetings, walk through Rome at night. It would be a shame to miss it, believe me.

Anonymous said...

Boy I really relate to this post. When my brother died in 1986, I made a similar commitment to myself and have not regretted it. I would love to be a fly on the wall on your pilgrimage - was thinking of going to the holy land myself in 2010.
Much love, Robert W