Thursday, June 18, 2015

Finding summer in our reflection

  Back in 2003 I read book called:  If I knew then what I know now.  A reporter asks a 93 year old lady named Nadine Stair what she would do differently if she had her life to live over. Her words stuck a cord with me then and apparently still do.  I didn't keep the book but had kept her quote.

  This morning, her quote popped back into head.  Maybe it's the sunshine, the heat, my garden or just the new beginning of summer.  Whatever the reason, it really got me thinking about my own life and what I would like to do or not do this summer and beyond.   

  To clear clutter it's best to live with things and experiences that raise your energy and let go of things that deplete your energy.  I think Nadine's quote explains why very well.  So I'm going to write a list, "If I had my summers up until now to live over again"   Maybe you will want to make your own list and then go have a wonder-filled summer!! Happy travels!!!

Here is the original Quote from Nadine Stair on her 93rd birthday 

If I had my life to live over
I would dare to make more mistakes next time
I would relax
I would limber up
I would be sillier than I've been this time
I would take fewer things seriously, 
and I would take more chances
I'd take more trips
I'd climb more mountains and I'd swim more rivers.
I would eat more Ice cream and less beans
I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour and day after day
Oh, I've had my moments, but if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them
If fact, I'd try to have nothing else- just moments-
 one after another, instead of living so many years ahead.

I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle,
a rain coat and a parachute.
If I have my life to live over... 
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and I would stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances, 
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daises"

Wishing us all all a summer filled with life and few regrets!!

This is the book I found the Nadine's quote in originally:   If I Knew Then What I Know Now Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997 by Richard Edler

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