Wednesday, May 7, 2014

If You Had Your Life to Live Over


"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies." (Nadine Stair)

Have you ever thought about what you might do differently if you had your life to live over? Or maybe what you want to do in the days you have left? 

One time at a writers' retreat we were challenged to dream big and set goals for ourselves. What did we want to happen in the year ahead in our writing careers? I came up with a couple of big dreams. Neither thing happened that year or since. They are still dreams. 

Then, when I think about having over twenty-five of my books published, that would have been a really big dream for me when I started writing many years ago. But now sometimes I look back and wonder if I could have done this or that differently. Perhaps written more books or better books. At the same time, I feel blessed that I have been able to write some stories that have kept people reading. To have created some characters readers have invited into their hearts. 


We lost one of our church people this week. He had a good long life, but his family will miss him. Attending a funeral can make a person think about her own numbered days and wonder. Am I taking advantage of the blessings the Lord has showered down on me? What would I go back in time and do differently if I could? Would I lie in the grass and not worry about chiggers while I celebrated spring? Would I plant more flowers and eat more strawberries straight from the vine? Would I make more time away from my keyboard for family and friends? Would I take more time to listen and use less time talking? Would I cherish the moments and not rush the days? 

Regrets are useless. We can't go back. We can only live forward. Perhaps the thing we all need to do most is look around and enjoy the journey. 

What would you do differently if you could live your life over?

6 comments:

  1. If I could live my life over I would believe in myself more. I wasted too much time comparing myself to others and I never measured up in my mind. I let insecurities define me. God made me who I was but I never accepted that. Today as I creep toward the ripe old age of 65 I like who I am. I am constantly glancing in the mirror and telling myself that God made me exactly the way I turned out to be! He Loves Me Just The Way I Am!! Isn't that Awesome?

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Wise words, Judy. Sometimes we have to live awhile before we figure things out. Glad you are liking the you that the Lord made.

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  2. I would live with the gate opened wide. My young life was a series of gate closing experiences and occurrences, experiences that I had little to no control over. Opening the gate requires a reframing of attitude toward those things we cannot control. It is a freedom only given by a loving Father who knows that freedom has limits to protect us. I have found that the only way to live this way is with an abiding trust in God and working with His plan rather than against it.

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous, for dropping by and telling how you're living with gates open wide and great things coming your way with the Lord's help and blessing. I'm trying to incorporate that idea of having faith in God and trusting him to help us in my work in progress.

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  3. If I could do life over, I would LISTEN more and talk/give advice a lot less! sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I can agree with you on that, Sharon. And maybe I would be more in tune with what my friends and family were saying instead of thinking they should be thinking something else. As for giving advice, most people don't want to hear it unless it agrees with whatever they already are thinking. So maybe what I should have been doing is praying that the Lord would direct them instead of thinking I could.

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