My 3×5 Life

20 Jul

Maybe it’s as we get older that some of us begin to look back over life and think about meanings, special moments, and memorable friends. And then the thought comes: perhaps I should write down some of these things. Perhaps I should write a memoir, an autobiography of my experiences for the benefit of my grandchildren. And we put pen to paper, or, more likely, keyboard to word processing program.

My memoir, I confess, is approaching 50 pages and still growing. But I’m not dead yet, so I keep writing about fascinating people and favorite places. The problem, though, is that everyone I meet and every place I visit deserves top billing because they are fascinating and new favorites…how many pages will I have when the last key stroke is made? I’m thinking about this because of an obscure line in an old movie I saw recently. A shopkeeper, in the movie a florist, is reading the notes she has kept from those little cards that usually accompany a floral delivery. Apparently customers have ordered bouquets or plants by phone and the florist has made notes of their wishes and special messages. Each note expresses some very special thought or emotion. There is one seeking forgiveness, one sending love, one full of sadness, another expressing playful joy. And as the florist reads each one, perhaps remembering the person or the phone call that became the note, she says wistfully: “life on a 3×5 card”.

So, now I’m wondering what I would say about my own life if I had only a 3×5 card upon which to write. How hard would it be to condense everything into a few lines? What and who and where would become most important? I guess this is another way of asking “what’s really important in the end? What rises to the top of the list of experiences and encounters?”

What would you write on your 3×5 card?

3 Responses to “My 3×5 Life”

  1. 14250sc July 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I’ve done a similar activity, the topic being those who have helped me on my Journey. You were/are there.

  2. Bee Hataway August 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    My 3×5 card would not be big enough to acknowledge all the people in my life who i am so grateful for. The first listed would be my Heavenly Father who has been with me every step of the way.

    • rpiercetuc August 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      You’re right. Maybe it should have been My 8.5×11 Life. Gratitude always leads us to the Source, doesn’t it?

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