Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 59 comments

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 If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been 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 lived 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, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it 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. I would pick more daisies.

~ Nadine Stair (age 85 at time of quote)

A very special thank you to Dr. Holly Latty-Mann for sharing this quote.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 22, 2009 at 2:57 am

HI Lance,
As Always a beautiful quote…and so much wisdom in it for us younger kids (compared to Nadine Stair).
I think if we actually make this quote out mantra for LIVING…truly truly living…we would be truly ALIVE…and by the time we reach the 85 mark we would remember every moment. It would be like looking at a beautiful life well lived through the kaleidoscope of our own mind……
I cant wait ….I am going to live by this NOW!!
We all should….A moment by moment kaleidoscope..of our life….oh what fun 🙂
My Sunday has already become Great and memorable !! 😉
Thank you Lance….
Oh…I love the pic …just perfect 🙂
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Being Alive{Inspirational Quote} =-.

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Suzie Cheel November 22, 2009 at 3:07 am

I love this quote, think I first got it from My mother many years ago. I love I would stop to pick the daisies- sometimes we forget the simple things that remind us we are already abundant. And daisies in the pic 🙂
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy for No Reason =-.

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Dr. Rus November 22, 2009 at 4:30 am

Hey Lance!

What a great way to start a Sunday. We live in a world where many people take things way too seriously. Thanks for the reminder that we should also live life with a sense of abandon too.

Dr. Rus

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Chris November 22, 2009 at 5:02 am

Wonderful! I love the photograph. I need more moments…
.-= Chris´s Last Fabulous Post ..Deviled Eggs =-.

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Laurie November 22, 2009 at 5:52 am

Lance, what would you do differently if you had it to do all over again?

Me? I would have gotten help sooner for my son and family. I would have majored in psychology and art. I would have said no more and yes more and at the right times.

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Tom Volkar / Big Link Rally November 22, 2009 at 5:59 am

I love the inspiration tom make more mistakes while living life lightly in more carefree fashion. That’s a beautiful prescription for living that proves that everything counts but nothing really matters.
.-= Tom Volkar / Big Link Rally´s Last Fabulous Post ..Easing into Bold Engagements =-.

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Joanna November 22, 2009 at 6:09 am

Ahhh, well I most certainly needed to hear this. I’m a girl that sweats the small stuff…and the big stuff. And right now, I’m dripping in sweat. Maybe, just maybe it’s time to change my perspective.

Thank you, Lance.
.-= Joanna´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday School =-.

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Stacey Shipman November 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

Well, I never leave my house without my water bottle and a piece of fruit (what can I say, I will not apologize, they both come in handy!). I have over the years learned to literally ride more merry go-rounds (so fun!) and I definitely eat more ice cream than beans. 🙂

Silly, I love silly. We all need more silly (when appropriate)…we take ourselves too seriously!

P.S. you always find the best photos!
.-= Stacey Shipman´s Last Fabulous Post ..What is a true calling anyway? =-.

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Walter November 22, 2009 at 7:14 am

If is a sad word. I will avoid this word as long as I live. 🙂

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Darren Sproat November 22, 2009 at 7:16 am

Lance,
One learns so much from one’s mistakes… 🙂 I know! It helps those of us who fear failure, or success for that matter, take things a little easier and not fear making the mistakes along the way.

Let’s all stop for a moment and actually make that list of people and things we are grateful for… smell the roses… enjoy the wonder…

Thanks again Lance,
Darren
.-= Darren Sproat´s Last Fabulous Post ..Try Shutting Your Mouth =-.

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Lynn November 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

Thanks for the reminder Lance! A lovely passage and inspiration to make more fun during the work. My niece is an assistant bank manager and in charge of the tellers – she started having “happiness hour” for them on Friday afternoon. It is usually ice cream sundaes, something like that and they get together and talk and laugh about the week.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hanging in, around the corner and show-stopping =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now November 22, 2009 at 7:35 am

Me too. Just the other day I caught myself worrying about some little things. I was anxious about some new friends over. I knew everything was going to go well, but in the back of my mind I wanted them to like us. There was nothing I could have done differently to make them like us, but I still fretted.

I should have just relaxed and enjoyed the build up instead of freaking out. I wasn’t really freaking out, but I was nervous. Silly I know, but none the less real.

Next time I will just relax and enjoy my nervousness. I wouldn’t want to feel any different, just enjoy the feelings that I have.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Hard, Fun and Beautiful – Red Skin Edition =-.

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Tess The Bold Life November 22, 2009 at 7:54 am

I’m with Stacey. I love silly. I love fun. Last night we drove an hour to a theater because that was the only place the movie we wanted to see was playing. Today we’re going hiking. Tuesday my daughter from Atlanta is coming for 5 days of fun and so is a girlfriend from Chicago.

Confession: Like Joanna I worry to much. If I had my life to live over I wouldn’t worry so much. I don’t so I’ll choose to worry less today;)
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..Thank You for Being My Friend =-.

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Lisis November 22, 2009 at 7:59 am

It seems as if every older person I’ve known or read about has said some version of this… LIVE more, have more fun, worry less, don’t color within the lines. In my own life, I made a lot of the standard mistakes by following all the rules, but I’m trying to help my son live according to these philosophies.

Here we are, at the end of November in Vermont, and he’s still wearing flip flops. The mom in me (that sounds like my mom) wants to say, “You NEED to put on your socks and shoes; it’s cold outside!” But the fact is, it isn’t snowing (so no risk of frost bite), and he is NOT cold. To say that he doesn’t live by the “standard rules” would be an understatement. My hope is, when he’s 85, he’ll look back and say he lived his life EXACTLY the way he wanted to, and wouldn’t change a thing.
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiration from Pema Chodron: Everyone and Everything =-.

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Lori November 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

This is exactly what people, including me needed to hear. If we all lived our life from this perspective there would be fewer regrets and happier people.

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suzen November 22, 2009 at 9:11 am

Hi Lance!
Isn’t that just THE BEST quote? I read that at least 10 years ago and adopted it immediately as my “code” for the rest of my life. I seriously get a lot of looks for some of the sillier things I do and that’s just fine. “They” haven’t carted me off to the dementia home yet! haha! I cannot recommend a free-spirit lifestyle or at least attitude enough! The more of the child I bring back to life in me, the more wonderful and awesome this world feels!

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Jannie Funster November 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

There is much to be said for traveling lighter, in spirit and material possessions. The older I get, the less stuff I want.

Sillywise, I think I’m doing fairly well. Eating lots of ice cream too. And I’m sure my family and the world appreciates I’ve cut ‘way ‘way down on the beans.

🙂
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Bag Children At The Park =-.

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Jay Schryer November 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

This sounds like a wonderful philosophy for life, and I plan on implementing it immediately!
.-= Jay Schryer´s Last Fabulous Post ..Loving It for What It Is =-.

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Linda Abbit November 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

I love this quote, Lance, and it’s always great to read it again! The message is so true, and I’m glad you’re sharing it with the world. Thank you.

I know as I’ve gotten older and have faced challenges in life, I’ve learned to keep any “wasted worrying” (as I like to call it) to a minimum.

This time while reading the quote I’m asking myself — are just Americans so uptight, or are people of other cultures built this way, too? This probably popped in my head b/c a friend came back from a month in Kenya and told me that they don’t have the word “complain” in their vocabulary!!
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Announcing a TLeC Contest for National Family Caregivers Month 2009 =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord November 22, 2009 at 11:02 am

The last paragraph, in particular, about going barefoot longer, going to more dances and picking more daisies really spoke to me. I liked this quote so much that I immediately sent it on to someone I love deeply… Someone with whom I knew Nadine’s words would resonate instantly. And they did. So Lance please know that your choice of quotes today touched more than those who simply read your blog, and what a great example that is of how our energies and intentions ripple outward, affecting countless other beings.
Be well, my friend!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Read. LAUGH! Repeat. =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus November 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi Lance,

This quote made me sad because it sounds like the author has regret about how he lived his life and that makes me sad. Life should be lived with no regret and sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff because it is the right thing to do. There is no such thing as being sensible and safe. Usually people do such things end up being miserable and it sounds like this person feels full of remorse and that just makes me sad.

That said, the sentiment is a profound one…there is no reason to live life with fear. Life is meant to be enjoyed so enjoy it!
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Happy Lotus Diaries Begin – Please Share Your Thoughts =-.

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Davina November 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

Hi Lance. And it’s never too late to start! Funny… just last night I was thinking about high school and the things I would have done differently if I’d not been so shy; cheerleading, newspaper editor/photographer and drama club, etc. Can’t go back and do it over, but a person can make changes today.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Yogi Twists A Business Pitch =-.

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Lori | Jane Be Nimble November 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hi Lance! Thanks for posting this quote/photo today.

When I read, “If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have,” it really struck a chord in me. I was reminded of a time when everything I owned fit in my hatchback car (in my 20s) and how free I felt. I moved so many times in my 20s with just my car load of stuff. I never felt like I didn’t have “enough.” But, of course, as life goes on many of us start acquiring things. This quote made me think about how I really don’t need or want the “things.” I think Scott and I pretty low on the “stuff” scale, but, I think I’m just saying that I sometimes miss the freedom I had of moving through life with bare-minimum amount of possessions.

I enjoy coming here every week to get a mental jump start. Thanks for lending me the jumper cables, Lance! 🙂
.-= Lori | Jane Be Nimble´s Last Fabulous Post ..Front Porch: Pearl’s Widsom =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach November 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Lance…I spent a bit of Saturday (with my newly broken leg) so excited for Sunday’s quote and it does not disappoint! This quote found me many years ago…and as I reflect I think it was one of the stepping stones that led to where I am at this moment. I have always followed my bliss. From ski bumming to sailing oceans all over, to loving with abandon, to fireside starlit conversations, to traveling cross country sleeping in my pick up truck. I feel grateful to have been guided from such an early age as to what is important.
Have you read Richard Bach’s Illusions? In the book, he meets his future self and this self takes him up in a plane and shows him how his life can take many different paths like a river depending what decision he makes in each moment. It has always guided me to think…what do I want my life’s river to feel like, look like and be like.

So far the ride is sweet, rapids (and broken legs) and all.
Katie
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..And End Your Week Even Better! =-.

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Elliot Lozano November 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Great Sunday thought. It reminds me of Leo Tolstoy’s the death of Ivan Ilyich. On his death bed, the character turns to his wife and says what if my whole life has been wrong.

Those are profound words that inspire me to live my life more completely in the only moment I have, the present. Enjoy the series of moments and carpe diem.
.-= Elliot Lozano´s Last Fabulous Post ..Change the World & Make Yourself Naturally Happier with 1 Little Book =-.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered November 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Hi Lance,
Great quote, thank you for sharing it. This is a tool I use when I get too wound up about the to do list and the schedule, etc. I picture who I want to be when I’m 80 or even when I’m 60 or 50 or 40…that quickly brings my actions back into alignment and puts things quickly into perspective. I want to be quoted at 85 telling you I had good times and that I wouldn’t trade a single moment for anything. Thanks and have a great holiday week!! Jodi
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Forgiveness, Letting Go, and Freedom =-.

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings November 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

85 years of wisdom there that we could all take heed of. A great reminder to live like we mean it, prioritise what’s important and stop to smell the daisies. Thanks Lance!
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kick Arse Question – A Smile a Day =-.

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Wilma Ham November 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Every time when I have said ‘yes’ to an adventure I have NEVER EVER regretted it.
Funny that.
Whenever I have said ‘no’, I have regretted it.
As long as I keep saying ‘yes’ as the adventures are getting bigger, I am alright.
I have seen 82 years old going ocean sailing, I currently see an 87 year old still doing community work and grappling with a new computer, he is blind!
All because of the ‘yes’ word, that simple.
Wilma xox
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..Community is dead, long live community =-.

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Lance November 22, 2009 at 6:42 pm

@Zeenat – Hi Zeenat. When we really think about the words Nadine has shared here, and her thoughts as she nears the end of life on earth – yes, these are surely words to LIVE around. Now! And yes, isn’t that picture perfect for this!

@Suzie – Daisies! It was what I really looked for in a picture, and when I found this with the fun shoes, I knew it was the right picture to go with the quote. Great message, isn’t it!

@Dr. Rus – Hi Dr. Rus! Life’s too short to not have any fun along the way. And no better day than today! Woohoo!!

@Chris – Hi Chris. I know, when I saw this picture, I just thought it fit this so well! And “moments”…yes, so good to really experience the moments in our life. Sometimes I get it…and sometimes…well, this quote is a real help…

@Laurie – Wow, that’s such a tough question for me, Laurie. If I had life to do over, sure, there are things I would have done differently. Then again, I wouldn’t be where I am today, either. And that’s what makes this question so hard for me. Maybe I would have taken more art, too. And maybe I would have spent more time developing relationships… Laurie, that’s such a deep question. Maybe better for me, is to focus on what I can do with the time I have left here. And Laurie, also know that I think what you have done with your family is wonderful…so even if you would have done things differently, know that I am so impressed by all that you have done.

@Tom – Making more mistakes…sounds so easy on paper. In real life…hmmm…doesn’t always come across quite so easily. I’m not sure where you are on that mistake continuum, but I’m sure you are living carefree! And that’s so great to witness!!

@Joanna – Hi Joanna. You know, it’s really good for me to hear too. Know that the small stuff and the big stuff…there are people there who care. I care. YOU are awesome and amazing (I know this!)…just always remember that.

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I TAKE OFF THE MASK November 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm

This is one quote that has made a lasting impact in my life. I remember reading it when I was very young, and I have decided to seize each moment ever since. I have just resigned from a job now, but I have signed in to freedom and to doing more of those things that make life meaningful. Wish me luck! 🙂
.-= I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is Retirement Your Life’s Goal? =-.

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Lance November 22, 2009 at 7:02 pm

@Stacey Shipman – Okay…a water bottle and some fruit…they are pretty much winners in my book (so, you are off the hook!!)! So, sure there is the whole appropriateness factor – although otherwise, why not have fun and be a bit silly. Which, by the way, is giving me an idea…(scary, I know!). Now…what to have for dinner (ice cream or beans, ice cream or beans??).

@Walter – Yes, the word “if” does signify that we may have wanted things differently. When we can live with using that word less, all the better…

@Darren – And that’s a great point you make, Darren. Our mistakes might sometimes seem like they are holding us back. Are they really though, especially if we take something from them? Perhaps not. Perhaps we gain much from our mistakes, if we can see beyond them to what can be. And there really is so much to be grateful for, when we take the time to stop and se it all. Awesome thoughts!

@Lynn – What a great thing that your neice is doing! How fun! And it’s a reminder that fun is what we make it – work can be fun!! A great thought to remember (and work toward!).

@Karl – Hey, what that is, Karl, is you being real. And sharing it here openly, for everyone to read. And in doing that, you help others to realize they are not the only ones who have felt this way. And look how it all turned out…wonderfully! And even if for some reason it didn’t, the thing is…life goes on. And some day our paths will cross, and it will be a great time had by everyone!

@Tess – Tess, it sounds like your life is filled with silly and fun (how cool is that!). Worry, though…it’s that thing that sometimes sticks around in our brains (I know!!). So, I’m taking a lesson from you and Joanna too…less worry, more silly!

@Lisis – Lisis, from everything I’ve witnessed in how you live your life, you are doing a wonderful job of teaching your son about the importance of really LIVING life. Flip flops? Well…I’m done wearing them for the year (but I did wear shorts here in Wisconsin today!). And that he doesn’t live by the standard rules is pretty darn awesome, if you ask me! In fact, I really don’t think you live by any sort of standard rules either…and I’m so, so moved by all that you have done in recent months. Lisis, you are a beautiful soul…

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Lance November 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm

@Lori – I know! Here’s to living life so that when we’re all 85, our message is that we’ve lived life as we wanted to…deep down wanted to… Thanks for being here today, Lori.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. If we can take the words that Nadine has shared, and LIVE them, then yes – this is such a great quote. It does mean that these words have to be more than just words on paper, they have to become part of our living soul. And Suzen…I think that’s so awesome that you are getting out there and being silly! Let’s all add just a little more child-like wonder to our days…sounds like a sweet place to be!

@Jannie – Yep! The older I get, the more experiences mean to me. It becomes about the moments we have – the mundane to the wildly exciting – they are all part of that thing we call our life. Sillywise…I think you are doing way better than fairly well! You are rockin’ the house when it comes to silly!! Oh, and nice work on the bean reduction plan!

@Jay – It is a great philosophy for life – Nadine has it figured out. And hopefully we can all learn a thing or two from her, and see life through a slightly different lens!

@Linda Abbit – Hi Linda. It’s so good to see you today!! “Wasted worrying”…what a great term to describe what we do way too much of. And your comment of Americans vs. other parts of the world makes me wonder. Here we are living in America…worrying, while there are people from far less fortunate places in the world…who are just happy with what they have. Hmm…who’s a little off-base here, anyway??? (great thoughts!)

@Megan – Hi Megan. Know that your comment here today is touching me very deeply. I guess, in a way, what I put out here – I’m never sure how deeply it is taken by others. Your words today, Megan, give me faith in what I am doing. You are an amazing person, the way you share so wonderfully and authentically of yourself. I am humbled by what you are saying, and know that I an honored at how you have read these words today. Namaste, my friend…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. I do very much understand the sadness you are feeling. It’s as though Nadine has regrets about the life she lived. And we can’t go back into the past. What we really have is the NOW. When we realize this, it’s then that we can really and truly start to live our life. That is the profound part here…for each of us, wherever we are on that journey – to start now, to live life…really live it. Nadia, thanks so much for being here today…

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Lance November 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

@Davina – Hi Davina. As long as we’re still alive and kicking…then there’s no time like the present! And we can all probably think of something we might have done differently were we to go back in time. We can’t, though. We have now, though…and that’s the perfect place to start!

@Lori – Hi Lori! It’s great to see your smiling face! What you are sharing is such an interesting thought, and has me going back, too, to earlier days. Days when possession were few, and experiences were many. And Lori, I think that you really do get this. I do. I think of what I know of you, and it all just fits this so well. You have done some pretty great things, and I know there are more on your horizon…however you define great. And know that I’m here to experience what you are doing too…as a friend… Lori, thank you for shining your light into my world!

@Katie – Katie… I’m still thinking of you with your newly broken leg (how is that, by the way?)…and how you still bring sunshine right along with it. (is this a special skill you teach?) And you know, as I read your comment today, I can only smile. Your spirit is so deeply (I really like that word!) connected to YOU. And I love that. How you have lived your life, and how you are living your life today – signs of what some might say is a little crazy. And I say so too…I say it, though, with great admiration. Crazy Katie’s is just what this world needs more of. Maybe “they” might say you see true north a little differently that most. I say that the true north you are seeing, is a guiding presence to what can be, to true living, and to an amazing life! YOU! Katie!! Oh…and you had a question too. No, I have not read “Illusions”. when I think of paths, though, I think of how there really can be so many different paths we take along the way, and no one path is the right path. Although, if we’re not following our soul…there can certainly be wrong paths. Keep riding that path of your soul, sweet friend…

@Elliot – Thinking of life as being “wrong”, those are hard words to swallow. And when we really think about it…now is the time to sieze the moment…it’s all we really have for sure.

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Jumping ahead and envisioning life at an older age – I like it! I like it because it gets us thinking about where we are today in relation to where we might like to see ourselves at some future date. Of course, there are no guarantees that we’ll get to that spot in life – to a ripe old age of 80. Still, though, in thinking about that, it sets in motion, if we allow it, our life to go in the directions we choose. And that’s a great place to be headed toward, especially when those are guided by our heart. And Jodi, you and your family too – have a great holday week!

@Sami – Hey Sami!! Crazy driver (can I call you that?!?!?)!! And hey, now I’m thinking as I write this – about you and the Daisy List! How fitting! And really it is fitting because I know that you are living life! And that is so, so awesome!!

@Wilma – I know! I love adventures! It’s what makes life so grand. Not the money, not the extra tv in the house, not the extra car in the garage. It’s the people and the adventures that make life grand! And having you here is part of that, Wilma. You shine wonderful light into my world!

@Jocelyn – That’s awesome, that you have been living this for a long time! And good luck to you, and to all the future holds! You can do amazing things! Keep on believing in you…always…

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Evelyn Lim November 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

A lovely quote to start my week with greater spontaniety, freedom and fun! I am looking forward to living life more on the edge! Thanks for the excellent reminder!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Exposed!…Personal Development Fraud? =-.

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David Turnbull November 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I needed this. At times I feel like it’d be so much easier to just stay in my home town, work on my business, and live my days by the beach. And while that’s certainly not a bad life, I know I need to push myself to travel the world, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years (I only finished high school last year, so it just wasn’t possible before), but is something that’s easy to put off.

The problems I face though aren’t myself stopping me from going. I have the money, the desire, and a relative level of glorious youthful ignorance, but 1/2 of my family are fearful of me globetrotting solo, which seems like the only option at this point because none of my friends have the desire nor money to be overseas at all, let alone for an extended period of time (4-5+ months).

I understand where their fears are coming from, which is why I haven’t rebelled (yet) but perhaps I should forward this to them.
.-= David Turnbull´s Last Fabulous Post ..33 Rules of Persistence: How To Stick With It, Be Patient and Achieve Your Goals =-.

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Diane Fit to the Finish November 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Lance, thank you for sharing this. I really needed to hear it because somedays I get so busy with life that I forget to enjoy LIFE!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Operation Christmas Child =-.

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Angelia Sims November 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Great quote, Lance. No regrets, no holding back, no what ifs…Just be, do, and live.

I may not get it right, exactly, but I sure try to. I’m smiling and radiating. 🙂
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sleep Sweet =-.

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J.D. Meier November 23, 2009 at 2:33 am

I think thinking in moments really puts things in perspective.

The one common theme I hear about life and regrets is that it’s the things you don’t do that you regret.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..What 16 Movies Can Teach Us About Life and Leadership =-.

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Barbara Swafford November 23, 2009 at 2:53 am

Hi Lance,

Another beautiful quote. I love the part that says. “…Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day….” Too often we’re so intent on where we want our life to go, we forget to live each day fully.

Thank you for the reminder to live in the moment and let the future unfold as it may.

Have a great week, Lance.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Don’t Get It =-.

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Marelisa November 23, 2009 at 3:50 am

Hi Lance: I have that quote on my squidoo lens on creating your bucket list. We have to grab life by the horns. 🙂

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BK November 23, 2009 at 5:37 am

Beautiful and enlightening quote! The one reason which I love quotations is that there are always so much wisdom we can learn from quotations.
.-= BK´s Last Fabulous Post ..Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest =-.

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Lance November 23, 2009 at 7:20 am

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn. Yes, when we can bring in more spontaniety and fun to our daily living, what a great place of rightness this puts us in!

@David Turnbull – Stepping outside of the boundaries we have (whether physical or psycological) can be challenging. It’s in stepping out, though, that we see and experience all that can be. Not that it will all be roses and sunshine. Still, though, it’s where life is lived…when we listen to our heart and love life! So, David, I say to you – listen to your heart. It knows…

@Diane – Hey, I hear you Diane…me too! Some days seem like they are gone, and it was a matter of just going through the motions. And there’s not much enjoyment in that. So, for both of us – this is a great message to hear and let really soak in…

@Angelia – You know, Angelia…I’m not sure any of us get it exactly right…or then maybe we all do. It’s just a matter of what our perspective is, and where we are in life. And you DO radiate!! So, I think you are doing this so, so well!!

@J.D. Meier – Right on…what we end up regretting is what we didn’t do. It’s so easy to say that…and think that there’s always time, that our days are many yet. The truth is, though, that we don’t really know…and so today is the day to live!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Wow, it’s powerful…these words. Living for the future, that’s not really living at all then…if we are missing out on something now. Thank you, Barbara, for highlighting that particular line – it’s one that is so good for me to hear again and again… And you too, have a wonderful week and happy Thanksgiving!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Hey, we think alike!! That’s pretty awesome! So…here’s to bucket lists and quotes that get us thinking more deeply about the moments in our life!

@BK – Yes, quotes can have so much beauty and truth in them, and this one is no exception. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Mindful Mimi November 23, 2009 at 7:52 am

Lance,
I have read her book years ago. And she made me think a lot about my grandma (who had 15 kids, lived through 2 wars, ran a farm and died at age 93). I think my grandma could have written that book. I think it is a wakeupcall, a message from the old and wise. I think we should all pick more daisies. I try!
M
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Evita November 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

Interesting and very inspiring Lance!

I am really happy at this point with my choices, and for the most part have no regrets…but something like this always offers a way to stay open to the opportunities in life, not to close ourselves off, be too strict with anything, be smart, but still enjoy life to the fullest!

Thank you and a happy week to you!
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Lisa's Chaos November 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

Yeah, me too. I was way too serious for way too long. 🙂
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Hilary November 23, 2009 at 11:14 am

Hi Lance .. I hadn’t seen that quote .. seems like I’ve been hiding in a closet: but it is wonderful and now I know about it – thank you. It’s similar to the old lady wearing a purple hat .. just do what you want .. and enjoy life to the full.

We do get stuck in the ruts created by society – family, job, career etc .. there’s more to explore – I would hope that in today’s age there’s more opportunity to get up and go, to try new things and see new places .. we’re not embarking on exploration of the Canadian north, or the heartland of Asia – now those were some peoples with poineering spirits ..

I’m going to be barefoot later into the Autumn .. and be sparkly at Christmas ..
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Tim November 23, 2009 at 11:48 am

Lance:

What an awesome quote!…ah, the making of mistakes part really resonated with me. We live in a world where, it seems, perfection is a goal in life. Heck, I have often tried or looked for perfection at times in my life and have steered away from mistakes. Its time to really re-think what a “mistake” is. Thanks for getting us off to a great start to the week!
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Hilda November 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Hi Lance,

love this quote. It reflects how I try to live my life these days, though I can also relate to the person who worried too much. That used to be me, uber-worrier! Not so now 🙂 But I still bring my hot water bottle everywhere I go!!
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patricia November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Enjoyed the quote life story. Thank you
Working very hard to regain my life right now and get back to the silly and grateful moments of living.

I have eaten a lifetime of beans and they do not agree with me….nor dairy. I am giving up regrets and worry – and practicing silly and letting go to release…hard work after so many years of practicing “self-discipline in always inadequate mode”

Hey! I just published an e book fundraiser for UNICEF at midnight last night…Who’d of thunk it possible!

*smiling* now with a giggle uprising…

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Laura Hegfield November 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I have to be honest. I wouldn’t do anything different. It all got me right where I am right now…not that I didn’t make poor choices at times…but over all…I feel pretty confident that I have lived my life the way I was meant to. Does this sound like am puffed up and proud? That’s not my intention. Just satisfied. Happy. Took me 44 years (and many individual moments) to realize this, but I get it NOW. My life is good, not perfect, but very, very good.

may we all feel satisfied and blessed today and every day.
Laura
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Extreme Fitness Blog November 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Love the quote, Lance. Excellent advice, to let go, to stop worrying, to stop thinking about what others might think about us, to take risks and just have more fun. Great way to start my week, thanks!
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Keith November 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Hello Lance!

I really am loving the quote you have shared here. Earlier in my life I was living a life much like what Nadine speaks of here. I was the practical one, sensible, and always very cautious. Now, I haven’t forsaken wisdom but I definitely have “relaxed” myself very much. I live with an awareness of LIFE , and all the fun and beauty it offers! I have not perfected this however, and I consistently work to expand this awareness. When I am in that “zone” I am at my happiest, have more peace and fun; I am more creative and better equipped to deal with whatever life presents to me.

Thank you Lance!
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Lance November 24, 2009 at 8:06 am

@Mimi – Definitely a wake up call! No matter where we are…it’s good to think about how we are really viewing life and living. I’m there with you…picking those daisies!

@Evita – And Evita, I really believe that you are out there, “living” life! You shine at this, and just having you here makes me think about things at a different level…so, so good…

@Lisa’s Chaos – Today, though, you are in a good place, aren’t you. A good place for really living the moments of your life. It’s great to witness this in you, Lisa!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. And that’s right…do what feels good and right to YOU! Who cares what everyone else thinks, if you are happy…that’s what matters!! Sparkly season is upon us!!!

@Tim – Hi Tim. I know…I’ve been there too – focusing way too much on perfection, and not enough on just being in the moment. Being okay with mistakes…and seeing them as building blocks for something greater – that can be hard too – but a great place to get to.

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Yes! Let’s say “good bye” to worry!! I’m loving it too!!

@Patricia – I’m there with you on bringing more “silly” into our days – it’s fun AND feels good! And congratulations on teh e-book!! Woohoo!!! Let the giggles out!

@Laura – What a great place to be at! There’s something very comforting about seeing our life as one that is good. And whether we can do that for today, or for our lifetime, or something in between – whenever we are at that spot in our life…things just feel right. So good to read this Laura!

@Extreme Fitness Blog – Letting go of some of that worry, and just taking some of those risks that are deep in our hearts…what a great place to get to!

@Keith – Hi Keith. “Awareness of LIFE”…I love that Keith! What a great thought, and what a great awareness to have. Keep on shining, Keith!!

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Jenn Z November 25, 2009 at 6:23 am

Lance, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love how the pic goes so well with the quote! 🙂 very free-spirited! I am learning to ‘make more mistakes’ as I experiment with the joy of living! Happy Thanksgiving!! much luv, Jenn
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Natalia Burleson November 27, 2009 at 7:43 pm

WOW! What a timely quote. Since I’ve turned 40(ish) I’ve been having trouble with the thought that I’m one the down hill slide. Already fretting over things I didn’t do, or ah, shouldn’t have done. This quote reminds me that I just need to live, enjoy, relax, be sillier! All things I wish I could just…be, naturally. Worry is like a vine. It grows and as it grows up your legs it attaches itself to you and it winds and weaves it’s way all up and down you. It binds you and restricts your movements. Entangles you and traps you. If there was one thing I could change about myself today it would be to lose the worry and replace it with freedom.

Great quote Lance! Thanks so much for posting it!

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Lance November 28, 2009 at 6:09 am

@Jenn Z – I love this photo too!! And here’s to making more mistakes along the way…it means we are taking more chances at really living life!

@Natalia – “Worry is like a vine.”…Natalia, that is so, so true! And so well-said. If we let worry take over, it just grows and grows. I too get caught up sometimes in worry, and when I do – it holds me back. So, here’s to letting go of some of that worry, and living in the moments of our life!

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Audra Krell November 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

My grandma used to save EVERYTHING for a better day. In her small home, she would hide stuff from herself. A year later she’d find a box of rotten chocolates, inedible and never enjoyed. She saved all her clothes and the good dishes. Then she died young (66) and literally never got to use her things. I’ve used the good dishes, ate all the chocolates and worn the dressy clothes daily, ever since.
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Rose December 1, 2009 at 11:49 pm

What a beautiful quote. we’ve all often said if only I had my life to live over, but reality is that life makes us who we are. I wouldn’t want to live my life over, because each mistake, each trial, each happy moment makes me.
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Lance December 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm

@Audra – Audra, that’s a lesson worth remembering, for sure. We don’t know how long life will be, for any of us. So, let’s live that life…now. And you are, and that’s so good to hear. I think I’m going to find myself a piece of chocolate right now. And…I just finished a glass of chocolate milk!!

@Rose – We are who we are because of all the life experiences we’ve had up until this point. And yes, we would be somebody a bit different with different experiences. And who knows what that would mean. What we can control, though, are the choices we make going forward… And that is where I really see the beauty in this quote… Thanks much, Rose!

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