This is a good email a friend sent to me. I thought it was worth sharing here. If we could all realize these things NOW then we would be truly living life with no regrets....
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(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.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with,
and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves
mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I hope you have a blessed day .
See, told you it was good. Now, if we can put all this into
practice then we'd be doing pretty good.