Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Daisies (indirectly related to mid-life career change!)

Here is a poem, musing (not quite sure of its genre!) that I read recently, that very, very much resonated with me.  It contains much wisdom in its relatively few lines, and is applicable to almost every situation in our lives, and very much so as related to making a mid-life career change decision.

It was written by 85 year old Nadine Stair, and I am very happy that I came across this gem before I hit the glorious age of 85....  I LOVE the line, "I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones."  And daisies happen to be my favourite flower.

Enjoy!!!  (And for Lent, I think I'll give up worrying!)


I'd Pick More Daisies
By  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!

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