Thursday, February 25, 2010

What got me through the day.

I ran across a passage this evening and it touched me to the core. The tear that rolled down my cheek as I read each phrase letting my soul absorb every word like a sponge, made me evaluate my day. A day which provided fewer smiles and more frustration, less energetic chatter and more silence, a day with a special kind of dynamic required a reevaluation.

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 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 new clothes and not worried about 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 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

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 we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.

Love Ya,

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