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I’d Pick More Daisies

Don Herold, author and humorist, wrote the world famous essay “I’d Pick More Daisies” at the prime of his life. Such was published in Reader’s Digest in 1953 and the compressed version of his essay made its way to our emails with a catchy opening line, “If I Had My Life to Live Over…”

If I had my life to live over, I would dare to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously and take more chances. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets. I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but I would have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I am one of those people who live sanely, sensibly, prudently; hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I have had my moments! And if I had to do it over again, I would have more of them. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I have been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had it to do it over, I would travel lighter on the next trip.

I would start going barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I wouldn’t make such good grades, except by accident. I would have more sweethearts. I would go to more dances. I would sing more songs and play more games. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I’d pick more daisies. If I had my life to live over.

I’m posting this essay because I’m kinda feeling low because of my knee operation and I just need a change of focus…or a change of perspective, perhaps. This essay never fails to give me that warm fuzzy feeling anytime of the day. I guess it comes from the comfort of knowing that it’s alright…

…to take things in stride

…to pace myself when everyone’s rushing about

…to keep coming back to square one and never mind at all

…to be happy that somebody else is better than me

…to be right and kind at the same time

…to stand in line as long as it takes

…to know when to walk away from a fight

…to have peace even if i’m not in control

…to be happy without a reason

…to love with abandon


Comment from Clariza Aiza
Time: November 5, 2008, 5:39 pm

hi ms. monette!

This essay was so touching!

… i learned lots!

… continue to inspire people like me..!

… see you very soon! Miss you!


Comment from Cherrie
Time: February 10, 2009, 4:55 pm

Hi Monette,

It’s 20 minutes before 5pm and I’m already not working. I decided to just read your blog. Haha!

I haven’t visited in a long time, good to know that there are a lot of new posts.

Anyway, I like this post. I feel we get so overwhelmed sometimes with the not so nice things going on in our lives that we forget to take things easy. That tomorrow is indeed another day… :)

PS: What knee operation?

Comment from monette
Time: February 10, 2009, 11:06 pm

hi cherrie…i hope your network admin is not monitoring what pages you click…hehehe! :)

i had a knee operation because i have a small cyst. i thought my leg would look better without it…but nooooo! now, i have this noticeable keloid on my knee! huhuhu! i now have to spend for steroid injections to remove it. sigh. kaartehan kasi. sigh.

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