Hello. I am working on a relaxation and mindfulness workshop, and I have been revisiting the handouts from the 8 week mindfulness course I attended last year. I came across this story, which I have shared below. I loved it.
If I had my life to live over
I’d like to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up, I would be sillier than I had been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice- cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live sensible and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moment, if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that water later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
Nadine Stair – 85 years old