Something to think about...

Today I am thankful for the challenges we are given in life. I am thankful for the opportunity they give us to slow our lives and look UP! I am thankful for the strength we find within ourselves that we know is not truly our own. I am thankful for the children I have been given. I am thankful for the wisdom of my own loving parents. Most of all I am thankful for Him.

I came across this on another photographers blog. It was just what I needed!

If I had my life to live over
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 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, emotionally, as well as spiritually.
Life is too short to let it pass you by.
We only have one shot at this and then it’s gone.

by Erma Bombeck


kelly said...

thank you nicole. i needed that today too. i have been thinking so much about all of that since shawn's accident- i really want to make each day count. that was a great list of little ways to do just that. thanks. . .

Tiffany said...

Thanks Nicole. I needed a little thought of simplicity today..