Sunday, May 5, 2013

~ I'd pick more daisies! ~

I'd Pick More Daisies
Nadine Stair, age 85

If I had my life to live over,
I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
I would relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers,
and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives
prophylactically and sensibly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I have had my moments...
And if I had it to do 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 each day.
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a
raincoat, and a parachute.

If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
I'd travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted
earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades
except by accident.
I would ride on merry-go-rounds.

I'd pick more daisies!

All photos from Pinterest

I hope you'll take the time to cherish the moments, laugh out loud, go to bed later, get up earlier and watch the sunrise, hug your loved ones, wear bright lipstick, skip instead of walk, play for awhile instead of work, have breakfast for dinner, call your best text or email!, let someone cut in line, take cookies to a shut-in, order a good friend a magazine but don't tell them it was you, visit someone in the hospital, buy sidewalk chalk and use it, choose a day to wake the kids up wearing your clothes inside out & backward,feed the birds, eat a banana split and please...pick more daisies!


  1. What a beautiful beautiful post Pat!
    I think Erma Bombeck has one like this too!

  2. So true, and it is never too late, we get a fresh start each day. This reminds me of the one that says "burn the rose candle", or something like that!! Have a great week. xo

  3. I love this! We have to remember what she has said!


  4. What a beautiful post. We should all take something away from this. Thanks for reminding us.

  5. Thanks for the great reminder to be a bit more carefree! :) Have a wonderful week, Pat!

  6. Loved this! I'm trying to "live in the moment" but it's hard to do sometimes. :) What a great post!

  7. nice post here Pat! yeah keep reminded with your post Pat! God bless! cheers! Parol

  8. Aww I love the message which we all need to remember. Thanks for sharing this, Pat. xo

  9. I feel as if she was talking to me. In some ways, I do what she many ways, I don't. I am always prepared...always organized and most always worried. I need to find a way to get past that!

  10. Beautiful message Pat. It is so true. Live in the moment. Each day is a fresh new day. Appreciate the little and even silly things in life. xoxox Linda

  11. Love it! We should all read this poem every morning before we set one foot out of bed. What fun we would have. Thanks for a great post.

  12. Beautiful poem, I would love to do "my own" version of this! and it's never to late to change some of things we think we are "stuck" with... you really have me thinking now! Thanks so much for sharing


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