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January 15, 2009

If I had my life over again…

  • 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 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 whiled watching TV and more while watching life.
  • I would have shared more 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 a 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 9 months of pregnancy, I’d 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 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.

I like the point of this whole “If” statement and wanted to share it with you all.

 

By:  ERMA BOMBECK

January 15, 2009

Serenity

God grant me the serenity . . . to accept the things I cannot change . . .
courage to change the things I can . . . and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time . . . accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this world as it is, not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will . . .
that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

                                                                  –Reinhold Niebuhr