Friday, December 1, 2006

This is good


(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 Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
... live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!!
Instead, let's cherish the relationshipswe 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. I hope you have a blessed day.


    Lets not wait until we find out we are dying to do the things Erma wished she had done.  Live for today, it is a good lesson.


hopefulniki said...

Thanks for the comment on my journal.  I know you will make that next 10 pound mark.  I have faith in you!!!!   You are strong and you are determined!!!   Thanks for the charm idea....I love it!!  Can't wait to get them in the mail!   I love Erma....she's fabulous.  So funny.

Take care,

lanurseprn said...

I love this entry.  I had read her books before.  It's been a long time.  Now I wanna look for them in my dusty bookshelves!
Have a good day.

jckfrstross said...

she was a great woman who had the knack to make america laugh:) have a good weekend


ladeeoftheworld said...

A lot to think about, isn't it?

royallsgoddess said...

that is so true.
hi im diamond, i was just passing by. love this entry you did. wonderful and true.
stop by my journal anytime.