Gaining Perspective

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Someone I worked with many years ago, gave me a copy of this poem and I often share it in my workshops about gaining balance and perspective…

Hope you enjoy reading it…

If I had my life to live over again, I’d try to make more mistakes next time.
I wouldn’t be so perfect. I would relax more. I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been on this trip. In fact, I know very few things that I would take so seriously. I’d be crazier.
I’d take more chances, I’d take more trips, I’d climb more mountains, I’d swim more rivers, I’d go more places I’ve never been to.
I’d eat more ice-cream and fewer beans.
I’d have more actual problems and fewer imaginary ones!
You see I’m one of those people who lives sensibly and sanely hour after hour and day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of those moments, moment by moment.
I’ve been one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it over again, I’d travel lighter next time.
If I had to do it all over again, I’d start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I’d ride more merry-go-rounds, I’d watch more sunrises if I had my life to live over again.
But you see, I don’t.

Written by an 85 year-old woman

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