Something from one of my very favorite writers,
Erma Bombeck. She had a sense of humor that
carried her through to the end. She was a
source of strength for many.
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER....
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even
if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living
room and worried much less about the dirt when someone
wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather
ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a
summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose
before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not
worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television-
and more while watching life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility
carried by my husband.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of
pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if
I weren't there for a day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was
practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd
have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment
growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said,
"Later, now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's"... More "I'm sorry's"...
but mostly, given another shot at life, I would
seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it...
and never give it back.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't worry about who
doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with
those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed
us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves
mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.
Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot
at this and then it's gone. I hope you all have a blessed day.
Note: Erma Bombeck needed an organ transplant, and even though
she could have been moved to the head of the waiting list, due to
her prominence and wealth (like Mickey Mantle), she refused to
do such, and subsequently, died from organ failure.
In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.