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  • Mary, your reflection reminded me about something Anna Quindlen once said about parenthood. “But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” Ohh, makes my heart ache to think of all I may be missing in the day to day. God bless you.

    Posted on Nov 22nd, 2010 at 6:45 PM by Colleen Duggan

  • I too have my regrets Colleen. I have many "If only" moments. I would love to go back and raise my son again, and do more silly things with him, laugh more, etc. But, we can't spend our time looking back or forward, lest we miss the NOW. Blessings dear heart!

    Posted on Nov 23rd, 2010 at 9:03 AM by Mary Breiner

  • Thank you, Mary. When I was around 35 years old, I began to look forward to being 50, because I felt that by then, I would be more accepting of myself and all my flaws, quirks and talents. I would no longer have the need to please people or compare myself to anyone. I could just relax into who I am. The funny thing is that what I imagined for myself at 50 became even better than I had hoped. One week before my 50th birthday, I had strong urgings to become more spiritual and to give up the job I had been doing and was not passionate about. The year I turned 50 was the year I came back to the Catholic Church. Now I can say I am happier than I've ever been in my whole life. I thank God for all He has blessed me with. I finally got to the age where I let go of my ego and actually listened to and followed God's Will !!

    Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 at 2:09 PM by Elaine

  • I ,too, looked at then,when & not now. the years fly by, begin to savor the moments.

    Posted on Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:36 PM by kathleen

  • I enjoyed your article Mary! I am 54 now and I think it hit me when I was 31 years old... What Have I Done With My Life? There is sooo much left to do, being there for other people, trying to figure out what our Mission is in Life(all I know is that it is LOVE in the Good and the Bad Times, in the Loveable and the seemingly UnLoveable people that we encounter in this Life) We just need to try and do what we can. At times it was giving to the Food Pantry, but, then when my family grew, I searched and found other ways to show HIS LOVE to others. We have to be Good to ourselves though, taking time for ourselves in the midst of child rearing, caregiving, working outside the home, etc. Thank God for Humor:) Sometimes I think, "Stop the Merry-Go-Round I want to get off"! but, you know, I really don't. All in all Life is Wonderful! I just Pray a lot and I know that I can't do anything at all without HIM!!! Soooo, No Regrets, as Doctor Phil says, "you do the best you can with what you know".... you learn and grow into a better person from past mistakes. You just put one foot in front of the other, and as my brother once said, "YOU JUST KEEP ON PLOWING THROUGH!" God Bless You, Donna

    Posted on Nov 28th, 2010 at 8:49 AM by Donna