Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Words of Wisdom

I'm feeling somewhat contemplative today.

A very good friend sent the following to me by email this morning. It was written by Erma Bombeck, after she was diagnosed with 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."

Another wonderful friend has this on a plaque in her kitchen. It was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in - forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense."

My thanks to both of them for sharing!



  1. Thanks, mi amiga, for reminding us of those very things. They tend to get lost when in reality, should be at the top of our lists. Another to put into use is to give compliments; tell an older woman she is lovely, tell a shopkeeper he/she is kind and helpful, tell a friend in what way they are special. We can be so quick to be critical, but lax when serving up a kindness.

  2. Dear Sandie
    I read your blog last night and didn't know what to answer I guess I had to think about what you weren't saying more than what you were.I am so happy you have a support group to help you on the difficult days I'm sure that has got to help alot.I want you to know I'm here to listen if ever you need an ear.Love ya