Thursday, May 19, 2011

All Over Again

Too often we all rush about our day, trying to get this and that done, while never fully grasping how much time we've spent on things that, in the long run, won't make any difference. The small things that slipped by suddenly roar up in front of us, reminding us just how large of an impact they really have in our lives, just how important they really are. Here is a reminder of those small things in life.

If I had my life to live over...

by Erma Bombeck

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 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 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.

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.

We each have priorities, schedules, lives that we must lead to survive in this crazy, hectic world.  We owe it to ourselves to do the things we love, spend time with the people we care about, and work towards the dreams we cherish. It's time to redirect our precious energy. Take a moment to see where each minute has vanished to and decide for yourself if it was time well spent. This will be different for everyone, but you will know instantly by the way you feel. Trust that feeling and move towards a life with no regrets, that need not be lived again, since it was lived to the fullest the first time around.

What would you do all over again?

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Anonymous said...

Great advise!! I love this post! Thanks for sharing.

Chantelle Says said...

You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it!