Letter from the Heart

What Would You Do Over?

Have you ever heard of a “do-over”?  One definition is “the chance to do something again from the beginning, and do it better this time.”  I came across these “do-over” thoughts from writer/humorist Erma Bombeck and they really got me thinking.  She wrote,

 If I had my life to do over, I would…

  • Spend more time listening – and less talking.
  • Spend more time on loved ones – and less on work.
  • Spend more time living in my living space – and less cleaning it.
  • Spend more time learning from the older people in my life – and less trying to convince them I already know it all.
  • Spend more time with the windows rolled down – and less worrying about mussing my hair.
  • Spend more time using the stuff I have – and less time collecting more.
  • Spend more time playing – and less planning.
  • Spend more time sharing the burdens of those I love – and less trying to get them to share mine.
  • Spend more time participating in life – and less watching television.
  • Spend more time taking care of myself when I’m ill – and less trying to convince myself that the world can’t get along without me for even a day.
  • Spend more time having fun – and less being practical.
  • Spend more time finding joy in each moment – and less wishing time would pass quickly.
  • Spend more time on love and forgiveness – and less on anger and insults.

Erma Bombeck also said, “Given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it…and never give it back.”






Beth Richards

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