Orthodox Christian


If I Had My Life To Live Over
~Erma Bombeck~
21/2/1927 - 22/4/1996

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of 
pretending the earth would have gone into a holding
pattern if I weren't there for a 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.....and I would have eaten
popcorn in the "good" living room and worried much less about
dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fire place. 



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 done.

I would have sat in the grass 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 never have bought anything just because it 
was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed 
for 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 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 God HAS blessed us 
with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves 
mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Life is too short to let it pass you by.
We only have one shot at this and then it's gone.

These words were written by Erma Bombeck, an American
writer,  columnist,  journalist, and humorist who battled a kidney
disease.  She lost the battle after kidney transplant surgery.
This is a good reminder.

The Virgin (Crete, 17th c.) - T95
Courtesy of St. Isaac the Syrian Skete www.skete.com

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