Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!

The funny thing about the holiday season is that it is so easy to get caught up in the details and forget everybody just wants to enjoy each other's company.  Nothing else really matters.
I am sure you have heard or read this before, but it's not a bad thing to reread during the holidays just as a reminder.
Happy Holidays!
“IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER" by Erma Bombeck 
I would have talked less and listened more. 

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and 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 rambling 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 burned the pink candle sculped like a rose before it melted 
in storage. 
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 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 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, realising 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" and more "I'm sorry's" 
. . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . . 
look at it and really see it . . . and never give it back.”