It is said that this poem was written by
Nadine Stair at the age of 85.
Looking back on her life, she came to realize that the times she enjoyed the most
were spent in the simplest ways. And so she wrote what she would do if she
had her life to live over. It opened my eyes.
It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of everyday life in
the race for position and possessions that we quickly forget what really makes
Happiness comes from within, from family, from friends and from loved ones. All
the possessions in the world become meaningless if we have a broken heart.
And lying on our death-bed, everything we own loses meaning. The only important
things then are having people that care, cherishing the memories we hold of our lives
and with some luck, picking daisies.
- "May I find the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference."
- "A hug is the perfect gift -- one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it."
- "Love anything and your heart will be certainly wrung, and possibly broken. If you
want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements.
Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket --
safe, dark, motionless, airless -- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become
unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
"To love at all is to be vulnerable."
The Four Loves
- "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want."
- "Only a fool tests the depth of water with both feet."
- "As I age I refuse to deny my years. When asked at 30, I'll be 30. When the
question comes up at 45, I'll take 45. For what year could I subtract? The one in which
my son or daughter was born? Or the year I first fell in love? How about one less
favourable? Like the year I came down with pneumonia. Or one of those grief-filled
years spent saying goodbye to someone close? Maybe I could choose the seemingly
insignificant. That year I saw a falling star? Or the one spent not enthralled with
life, just content with it?
"No. I think I'll keep them all -- the good years, the bad and even the not so memorable.
To deny one would be to deny myself. Because added up, they are my life."
Sheila B. Cabrera
- "The greatest legacy we can leave our friends is happy memories: those precious
moments so much like pebbles on the beach that are plucked from the sand and placed
in tiny boxes that lie undisturbed on tall shelves until
one day they spill out and time repeats itself, with joy and sweet sadness.
"Memories. Love's best preservative."
Og Mandino -- The Choice
- "The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave a sense of security and calm
behind that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their
conflagration that are needed to produce valuable and lasting results."
- "Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems,
knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the
many functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship,
empathy and compassion.
"We care. It is our curse. It is our blessing."
Dean R. Roontz -- Strangers
- "The nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or
wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures,
following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy M. Montgomery -- Anne of Avonlea
- "The length of your education is less important that its breadth, and the
length of your life is less important that its depth."
Marilyn vos Savant -- Parade
- "Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate."
- "Those who would sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither."
- "Reality is only an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."