As we prepare
to venture into a New Year I think it is important and timely to take a moment
to reflect back upon the year that just was. Many people do that. Many take the
time to reflect upon the last year as they think forward toward a new one. And
because I believe that there really is nothing new under the sun, I think
considering the wisdom of those who have gone through this life before us can
be a very helpful activity.
following thoughts are from Erma Bombeck. Erma was an American humorist and
newspaper columnist who chronicled the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife to great
Her thoughts were real and widely understandable which allowed her
readers to easily connect with her views on whatever topic she was presenting.
So, as we look back in order to have a better perspective in looking forward,
let us consider these words from her which were written after she found out she
was dying of cancer:
“I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before
it melted in storage.
I would have listened more and talked less.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was
I would have sat on the lawn and allowed my pants to get grass stains.
I would have played with my kids in the rain instead of being
worried about getting soaking wet.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and
more while watching life.
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 anyone ever gets to assist God in a miracle.
There would have been more "I love you's." and more
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute.
I would look at it and really see it. I would 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, cherish the relationships we have with
those who do love us. Let's think about what God HAS blessed each of us with and
what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically and
emotionally. We only have one shot at this and then it's gone. I hope you all
have a blessed day.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. How
different might your life be this coming year if you adopted one or two of
these? So which will it be? Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!