83-year-old writes a letter to her friend – the last line goes straight to my heart


Life is short. Yet we spend so much time struggling to reach our goals that we almost completely miss the ride.

Every day is a new day, and it’s important to remind ourselves that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. It’s about enjoying the little things, living in the present, and realizing your dreams instead of just chasing them.

This letter, written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend, expresses this idea beautifully. I found it on the Internet and I’m not sure if an elderly woman really wrote it—but it hit me straight in the heart and I just had to share it with you here.

“Dear Bertha,

I’m reading more and dusting less.

I’m sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden.

I’m spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure.

I’m trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I’m not ‘saving’ anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

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