Advice for the Holiday Season

It has been really hectic week at work and at home and I was having some trouble coming up with a post for this week. It’s not that no one in my life (including me) has committed a goofy act to write about, it’s just that none of them stand out more than the others.

So as Thanksgiving and Christmas (and all of the stress that comes with the holidays) approaches, I thought I’d share some words of wisdom from one of the smartest philosophers of all time…

Erma Bombeck.  Enjoy!


I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather rambling about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculped like a rose before it melted
in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more
while watching life.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment, realising that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s” and more “I’m sorry’s”
. . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . .
look at it and really see it . . . and never give it back.”

That is some great advice! And here’s a bit more from Erma to remember at Thanksgiving.

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.”

And lastly – “In my family, gravy is a beverage.”

Here’s to living a life with no regrets!

Leave a comment with your favorite Thanksgiving dish. I need some new ideas. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll do the same old favorites…but I can dream! 🙂


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