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Monday, March 24, 2008

I Would Pick More Daisies

When the late Nadine Stair of Louisville, Kentucky, was 85 years old, she was asked what she would do if she had her life to live over again.

"I'd make more mistakes next time," she said. "I'd relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have 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 I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

"You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and 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, and a raincoat. If I had to do it over 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 way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds and I would pick more daisies."
Don Herold

7 comments:

Alison said...

I love this..thanks so much for sharing it.

dawn said...

That is a great idea. Too bad so many of us figure it out just before the end.

Brenda said...

Words to live by, for sure!

Amy W said...

Barefoot from spring to fall? Absolutely...

sirdar said...

Oh man...that is a great way to think about things. I think about them...but don't always do them.

Hayden said...

Interesting.

When I was growing up it was expected that fall through spring we'd eat a heaping T of honey each day. As kids, obviously we went for repeated "doses" lol! This was fresh, local, unpasturized honey. My gram did her Tablespoon daily and lived healthy to 90. None of us had much trouble with colds or flu.

I know (now) that honey has bactericidal qualities - had not heard that it has an impact on cholesterol. Had also heard very generally and vaguely that cinnamon was healthy, hadn't heard any specifics before.

this is all very interesting. But don't expect the news to spread far. People trust advertising more than they trust word of mouth.... and no one will pay to do the advertising on this.

lisa marie said...

That's cool! I love being barefoot, not that that's the point but yeah, we could probably all use to lighten up. :)