Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Words to Remember

In light of the recent tragedy in Virginia that reminds us any day could be our last on earth, I am posting the following which was sent to me by my daughter.


IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

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 the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

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 have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

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 sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

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.

STOP SWEATING 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.

11 Comments:

At April 18, 2007 8:56 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Those are very good words to remember. Thank you for sharing with us.

 
At April 18, 2007 9:36 AM, Blogger Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Very good thoughts! Mommy has tried to do this, with pretty good success, since 9-11. One thing she read that helps is to keep a "gratitude journal" where every day (she sluffs off sometimes) she writes 5 things she is grateful for that day. They don't have to be big things. Sometimes she writes "I'm glad I only got stuck at one red light on the way home instead of all of them" and stuff like that.
I'm glad everyday I've got a loving forever home!

 
At April 18, 2007 10:12 AM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

:sniff: Mom loves Erma Bombecks books. She sez dis is furry good advice.

 
At April 18, 2007 11:01 AM, Blogger Dragonheart said...

Wonderful sentiments. Thank you for sharing.

The victims, their families and friends, are in my prayers.

 
At April 18, 2007 12:05 PM, Blogger yao-lin said...

what a lovely post and so apt. IMy human tries to be grateful for the small things and she admits she is prone to worrying about the little things too much. I would prefer it if she just worried about me. Oh, wait a minute, she does! LOL

 
At April 18, 2007 3:18 PM, Blogger Caesar and Princess said...

yep these are good words
We need to not sweat small stuff and love everyone...

~Caesar

 
At April 18, 2007 4:15 PM, Blogger Parker said...

Amen, amen...

 
At April 18, 2007 4:55 PM, Blogger Derby said...

Good things to remember. Mum always thinks of the one of the thinks someone never says on their deathbed.

"I wished I's spent more time at the office."

 
At April 18, 2007 5:22 PM, Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Those really are good words to remember. Relationships and love are so very important.

Purrrs, China Cat & Willow

 
At April 18, 2007 6:25 PM, Blogger William said...

Thanks for sharing this. It made my mom all misty-eyed. But I don't mean your sister was in my mom's eyes. You know.

 
At April 19, 2007 6:33 AM, Blogger Mattingly said...

This is an excellent post, thank you so much for sharing. And we also love Hendrix's Mom's idea of a gratitude journal. That's pretty cool.

 

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