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If I had my Life to Live Over

by Erma Bombeck

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

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

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!

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Don't Just Stand There!
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Life Is A Gift
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Reality Check
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Making The Best Of A Bad Situation
About the time when you begin to get really comfortable in your daily routine, inevitably life throws you a curve ball to see how you are going to handle it and once again, we had another one hit us.

Frozen By Fear
Remember: You are the conductor of your own train on the tracks of life and you are strong enough to go places you want to go. Don't let a little hill stop you - choose the reality you wish to create, not the one you're afraid might occur.

It is Your Life
You decide what you're going to do with it. If you don't run your own life, someone else will.

Cultivate a Friendship with Death
Since our fear of death is due to the fact that we do not know or understand death, it makes sense to familiarize ourselves with it. The more we understand death, the less we fear it. We should therefore cultivate a friendship with death, and be totally familiar with it, just as we are familiar with our friends.

On Death and Dying
This incident makes me realized that we are all not prepared for death. In fact, we fear death. Our modern society and culture have always sold us the idea and belief that death is an adversary - a foe to fight against or resist.

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