The purple hat

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Age 3:   She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8:   She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
 Age 15:   She looks at herself and sees an ugly sister. ("Mum I can’t go to school looking like this!")
Age 20:   She looks at herself and sees: “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” – but decides to go out anyway.
Age 30:   She looks at herself and sees: “too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly” – but decides she doesn’t have time to fix it, so she’s going out anyway.
Age 40:   She looks at herself and sees: “clean”. She goes anyway.
Age 50:   She looks at herself and sees: “I am”. She goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60:   She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. She goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70:   She looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability. She goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80:   She doesn’t bother to look. She just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

If I had to live my life over

These are words written by Erma Bombeck after she found out that she was dying from cancer.

  • I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending that the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
  • I would have burned the pink candle, sculpted like a rose, before it melted in storage.
  • I would have talked less and listened more.
  • I would have invited friends over for dinner even if the carpet was stained or 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 ramble on about his youth.
  • I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
  • I would never have insisted that the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
  • I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
  • I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
  • I would never have bought anything 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 and realized 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,” more “I’m sorry.”

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. I would stop watching 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, what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally. We have one shot at this and then it’s gone.

I hope you all have a blessed day.