OK, so some people might think this is corny. And some might think it’s depressing. But I find this extremely thought-provoking and inspiring.
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. Every time I read her answer (below) I look at my life and how I’m living day-to-day, moment-to-moment.
In my humble opinion, her response echoes our tenet of Thoughtful Leadership – being very aware, reflective, and intentional in how you live and lead – and choosing in each moment to be who you truly want to be (and as Nadine would share, I think, live how you truly want to live).
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 live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve 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’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.
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