If I Had My Life to Live Over: for the digital generation

If I had my life to live over, I would have updated my status less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner instead of posting pictures of my food on Instagram.

I would have remembered how wonderful it is for the imagination to be bored, how much time I have to pray when I’m not filling my time with a screen, and how necessary it is to be present with myself and others.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

No one would ever honk at me at the red light because I was checking my phone for new messages. Again.

I would never have wasted a moment trading the faces I love for any moment on Facebook.

I would have read more books without interruption, have the pleasure of not knowing what everyone thinks at every moment, and would have written more letters to find out how people are.

I would have looked at my phone less and into eyeballs more.

I would have stopped comparing what I was doing to anyone online and worrying so much about everything and just do what I was called to do in this one life I’ve been given.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains or my phone I left in the kitchen.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television – and more while watching life.

I would have taken long walks with my head up and eyes wide open and enjoying the gift of all God’s creation.

I wouldn’t have wasted so much time sitting next to my husband inside the world I had created on my phone instead of investing in and enjoying our time together.

I would have gone to bed with more peace and gratitude for the day I had been given instead of drifting off to the high- or lowlights of everyone else’s day shining an obnoxious blue light in my face.

I would never have bought anything just because I saw it online and I was bored.

Instead of wishing away any part of my kids’ phases, I’d have cherished every moment and realized how very short and sweet our time is together.

I would never have to see Kim Kardashian’s business ever again.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Just a minute” because I was on my phone.

There would have been more “I love you’s”…More “I’m sorrys” …

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute… look at it and really see it … live it…and never give it back.


*an updated version in honor of Erma Bombeck’s If I had my life to live over



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