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Advice From Erma June 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, People.

If I Had My Life To Live Over ~ by Erma Bombeck

If I had my life to live over, 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.

© Erma Bombeck

Sources:  If I Had My Life To Live Over * If I Had My Life To Live Over

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1. teri - June 28, 2010

You just have to love Erma Bombeck! She was one of the greatest obverser of life!

2. nrhatch - June 28, 2010

I agree!

Just read a book filled with her columns, and testimonials from friends, family, and fans. Delightful read. Wonderful woman.

cindy - June 29, 2010

Yes, she was unique!

3. Gretchen Saathoff - June 28, 2010

Thank you! Although I have seen this before, it’s always wonderful to read it again. And it’s probably ageless.

nrhatch - June 28, 2010

When I went looking for it, I also found the one attributed to Nadine Stair which also contains some sage advice on life.

So . . . here’s to progress, not perfection

Here’s to picking daisies, making mistakes, and taking time to seize the moment at hand!

Gretchen Saathoff - June 28, 2010

Thanks! You must have a collection. 🙂

4. nrhatch - June 28, 2010

I do . . . but I got these off the world wide web.

I remembered enough to find Erma’s and Nadine’s popped up too.

5. Paula - June 28, 2010

She has always been a favorite, and because you mentioned her in an earlier post, I went to my quotes page and found a ton of EB’s. She always makes me laugh or think, or both…which is the best! To your comments I add: I would never want to live a life without mistakes – mistakes have always been my best teachers. The paradox of perfection is that it is not achieved, if it ever is (which I doubt), without stumbles, failures, and mistakes! There has to be enough imperfection to show what perfection is or could be.

nrhatch - June 28, 2010

Plus, being around “perfect people” is the pits! : )

6. 1961 Girl - February 12, 2011

What a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing it with us. Great blog! Thank you. Juls 🙂

nrhatch - February 12, 2011

Glad you enjoyed! Here’s to picking daisies, and making the most of the moment!

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