Nugget # 10 Life is not a race!

26 Jun

Life is not a race, do take it slower ….

This week I’d like to share a poem written by a terminally ill teenager in a New York hospital:

I think it says it all…we may have the most valuable lesson of life to learn from him….


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask, “How are you” Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down, don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch; let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call & say, “Hi”

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift….thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower

Hear the music, before the song is over.



   NUGGET OF LIFE:  Enjoy the Dance of Life while the Music lasts!


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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in NUGGETS OF LIFE, Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Nugget # 10 Life is not a race!

  1. Shonnie

    July 2, 2011 at 5:46 am

    Love the poem. I think that is a hard one to remember. Especially, when we see how fast our time flies by. I agree, life is a gift. 🙂

  2. Lafemmeroar

    July 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Everything is so much sweeter when we take things slow. I love this poem. I needs to be on a card or something 🙂

    • sparkylaurie

      July 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Yeah like savouring a cup of coffee or enjoying every bit of some yummy cake… LOL
      Thanks lafemmeroar…;)

  3. Jennifer Avventura

    June 28, 2011 at 4:31 am

    This poem is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    • sparkylaurie

      June 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      U’re welcome Jen…isnt it true that we just take life for granted sometimes. The first time I read this poem,it totally shook me to the reality that life is a gift.Who knows whether or not the poet is still alive but his message is so powerful that it still lives on….Take care.Keep in touch! How are ur nuggets at home?


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