Erma Bombeck

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Erma Bombeck

Postby Bill B. » Sat Aug 12, 2000 1:25 am

A friend sent me this, if you haven't read it, considering the subject coming up,you may find it interesting.

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 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 children and not worried about 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 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, emotionally, as well as spirtually.

Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it's gone.
I hope you all have a blessed day.

This hit home with me, how about you??

Bill
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Erma Bombeck

Postby Jackie Olsen » Sat Aug 12, 2000 2:09 pm

Thanks, Bill,

I remember reading that a long time ago. Reminds me how precious each moment is. I was just reading where a student asked the Dali Lama what was the meanining of life. The Lama just smiled and told him, "Be happy and make others happy."



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Erma Bombeck

Postby student » Sat Aug 12, 2000 3:02 pm

Amen. Selah.
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