We were walking through Rickmansworth Churchyard today, as you do, when I noticed the above epitaph on the grave of a couple that died in the mid 1800's at relatively young ages of 39 & 45 (though maybe not that young for that era). In case you can't read it, it says:
Stay mortal stay as you go alone
One moment stay to read this stone
Death did to us short warning give
Therefore be careful how you live.
They're words to take heed of in a world where so many people don't stop to enjoy the things in life that truly make them happy. We all need things that make us happy and restore our inner sense of self - and things that remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.
What makes me smile?? I'm sure if you've read any of my posts you'll know that my beloved is top of that list - my gorgeous, silly, generous, best friend.
And yes, next on that list are our furbies - when you feel down a cuddle with the brats or Bertie Boo can make everything feel better.
After that, family and friends (many who are practically family) and just lots of everyday things that many people don't realise are special until it's too late. For example, finding silliness in unusual places.
|My favourite road sign in the world - Northwest coast of Tasmania|
|How could you not smile at a hedgehog?|
|Likewise - sheep are definitely smile inducing|
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and make sure you smile.
Pamela and Ken