Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Erma Bombeck revisited ... facing her last battle.

I find it fascinating to see what people have to offer when they face their biggest, or last, battle. Honesty occurs when you no longer are bound by the trappings of success, pride or "what will people think about me." These words have been attributed to the "gospel of Erma" ... and this is a battle she became a fallen soldier. I feel she won the fight if whe could share this insight.

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 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 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. There would have been more "I love you'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. I hope you all have a blessed day.

- Erma Bombeck when she found out she had cancer