I am reading Carol Burnett's latest book This Time Together. I so enjoyed all the funny bits and I laughed heartily through most of it. There are also places that are more poignant.
Something that really touched me in the midst of all the humour were the beautiful quotes Carol shares from her daughter, Carrie Hamilton. Carrie died of cancer in 2002. One saying Carol shared: "One day one of the nurses asked how come Carrie smiled so much. (Carrie) replied, 'Every day I wake up and decide: today I'm going to love my life.' "
"Our legacy is really the lives we touch, the inspiration we give, altering someone's plan -- if even for a moment -- and getting them to think, cry, laugh, argue. More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles; the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the ones we bestow on a total stranger, who needed it RIGHT THEN, and God put you there to deliver." ~ Carrie Hamilton, December 2001
Today, may you be in the right place at the right time -- whether it's to deliver that smile or receive it!
Hugs to you all...
A smile is so simple yet so powerful.ReplyDelete
I have wondered about that book and passed it by thinking that it would be too difficult to read. Perhaps I shall give it another chance.ReplyDelete
I love the new blog look! Wonderful posting today! I have missed visiting!ReplyDelete
lovely post, I'm writing a new column for jan 2011 called leaving a legacy.ReplyDelete
That's really interesting. I didn't know Carol Burnett wrote a book. I think I might check it out.ReplyDelete
Might have to check out that book too. What a lovely and very powerful post.ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting this Brenda! What a wonderful outlook to emulate!ReplyDelete
And I love Carol Burnett!!
Enjoyed the post and the quote very much!ReplyDelete
Brenda...you are always welcome at Esther's Insights. I have a "hunch" we are kindred spirits too! Perhaps it is that I have Alberta in my roots! Actually, Esther is my mother, now deceased, to whom I owe all the little poems and quotes. It's a tribute to her. I hope to do more personal writings in blog form soon! I so enjoy your comments! Thanks!ReplyDelete