Monday, October 27, 2008

If I Had My Life To Live Over

Passing the Purple Hat to You

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.

If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier. Please send this to five phenomenal women today in celebration of Beautiful Women's Month. If you do, something good will happen--you will boost another woman's self esteem.


  1. truer words are never spoken.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this list before. I learned the first one when I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr in the early 1990’s ... and a few more along the way, but it’s good to be reminded to consider ‘what matters’ and what doesn’t.
    Hugs and blessings,

  3. Erma really knew her stuff - the stuff of life, that is.

    BTW, I have an award for you.

  4. I have read this before and need to read it often. It's very true.

  5. I've never read that before. I hope that we all get this realization while we have time to make changes in our lives. Thanks for posting this.

  6. Thank you for sharing this! Beautiful!

  7. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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