Friday, 8 March 2013

Go burn that candle...


Sometimes you read something, see something, hear something and it just stays with you.

Early this afternoon in Brisbane city centre there was a dramatic incident. Reports of a gunman, panic and evacuation. Thankfully the situation was under control pretty quickly but all of a sudden that thought of 'wrong place, wrong time' entered my head. I wasn't in any danger but it did make me pause and just for a second think about the unthinkable.

I try and live the moments as much as is practically possible, but it's easy to get sucked into everyday routines and expectations. I need to be reminded of a few things every now and again.

A few years ago I was sent this poem by my sister in law. I was at work so I quickly glanced over it. It wasn't a glancing over poem. If I'm honest, it stopped me in my tracks! It's a poem written by Erma Bombeck called 'If I had my life to live over'. (More information about Erma Bombeck HERE)

There's a line that just stuck in my head...and came to me again today.

"I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage"

I don't really know why this particular line, there are many others that resonated with me too, but this line has kept a voice in my head over time.

Christmas just gone there was a candle under my tree. A really nice candle...

For weeks I kept lifting the lid to catch that gorgeous smell.

The candle sat on the coffee table, it spent a little time on the mantlepiece, it moved on to the little table.

Then that line....

"I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage"






...I LOVE the smell of my candle





IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER

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 sculpted 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, realizing 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. 




Happy Friday,

8 Comments and thoughts:

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  2. Wow, great post. Great poem. Yesterday's drama made me stop and think too. Burn that candle! A-M xx

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  3. Yes, you are so right. I need to burn a few candles of my own, instead of just sniffing them! That poem is something we should all read x

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  4. Living in the moment is so hard to achieve. I still love that line from the poem by W H Davies that used to be on every wall or mantelpiece when we were kids. "What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare". x

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  6. Helo Beth, sy' da chi? Dwi n bwy yn Gogledd Cymru ond dwi'n dwad o Awstralia. My parents live in Bargara but I have lived here for years. I moved here when I was 17. Glad you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year. It has only just stopped snowing here in the last two weeks but still very very cold. Will Summer ever arrive......ha ha!

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