Monday, February 25, 2008

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck


Many people have seen and read this piece by Erma Bombeck. I love it. It is advice that we should all follow. I have this taped to the side of my fridge as a reminder of what is truly important.

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.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. I hope you have a blessed day.

4 comments:

tricki_nicki said...

What a great post! I loved all of it - and I'm going to take her advice, thanks.

Btw, your piture is hot!

Charnita's Xpressions said...

I have this saved on my computer from years ago.
I love it too! And so true. The older I get the more true it becomes...

Leigh said...

Thanks Tricki Nicki! (I love saying that LOL)Yep, if only my bod & hair really looked like that!
Charnita-It is so very true. I used to worry about those things all the time. Then , like you years ago, I saw that and it really reminds one to put things into perspective.

Abbey Road -- said...

I'm so glad you posted Erma's thoughts - it's been a while since I've read them. I feel a lot like her - and when I break out the good china for no special reason, and hubby is looking at me with this really "are you nuts" look cause he wants paper plates, I feel he just doesn't get it. I make up for the short hugs and kisses when my children were growing up by embracing my granchildren and holding onto them like I wish I had my children, and a multitude of other things. Erma was so intuitive and I've long admired her.