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.”