Thursday, March 31, 2011

If I Had My Life To Live Over by Erma Bombeck

I was just sent this by a friend and loved it so much I had to share.......

IN honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.


(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).

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 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 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. 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...


Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I'm so glad I found your blog today. I don't know how I got here --- down some rabbit trails from other blogs, I guess. I've spent the last hour going through your past posts, all the way back to your diagnosis, etc. It all brought back memories for me, as I was diagnosed with stage 3b with lymph nodes involved in July of 2008. I went through all the treatments, and so far, it has not returned. You are a beautiful testimony to God's grace and care, and I was so blessed by reading your journey!!! Thank you for doing this! I blogged my way through mine, and it has been wonderful to know the support and prayers of such wonderful friends in bloggyland! You are now on my prayer list, girl!!!!

Rachael Koontz said...

Hello! I randomly found your blog and wanted to say hello! My name is Rachael and I am also a young cancer survivor.

You are amazing! I am going to follow your blog and pray for you!

-Rachael Koontz