Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If I had my life to live over

Is the title of today's Inspirational message.

I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even
if the carpet was stained and 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
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 TV – 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 the 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 yous”…
more “I’m sorrys”…
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.
In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight
with cancer.

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