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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

by Erma Bombeck

  • 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 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 while watching television, 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 you's"...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.



Theodore Roosevelt::

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.


From the Hagakure (The Book of the Samurai):


There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.

Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it were somewhere else. No one seems to have noticed this fact. But grasping this firmly, one must pile experience upon experience.


(From Chapter 2 of the Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo )



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