A friend asked me the other day if we were to write the story of my life, at this point in my life, would there be any parts of it that I would have regrets and wish that I had a “do over”. I thought about it for a moment, then replied to him that even though my life has had some crazy twists and turns and many changes of direction – the answer would be ‘no’ I don’t believe that I would do anything differently if I did indeed get a ‘do over’.
What prompted this conversation was the recent release of “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” a book in which my parents are featured in chapter seven entitled “From Sailor to Preacher”. This newly released book, written by Cindy Hval, is the culmination of her years of writing ‘love story’ columns for The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington). Cindy realized that as the generation who lived through World War II were quickly passing away, she needed to focus attention on capturing their stories – particularly their love stories: what brought them together and how they lasted throughout the years.
My eagerly anticipated copy arrived soon after publication two weeks ago, and just couldn’t put this book down (and not because my family is included in the book). These stories are captivating, inspiring and heart-rendering. There is an overall theme of companionship, appreciation for the other person, and looking at marriage as a life-long partnership. What I did see as I read each couples story, was that their lives were lived with ‘no regrets’. They may have faced hardship, deprivation, loss, financial setbacks, and other issues that cause many to lose heart – but they endured. Each chapter offers a wisdom that we can all appreciate.
I enjoy listening to Joel Osteen on my Sirrus radio as I commute into town each morning. One of the stories that I heard Joel talk about on a broadcast was that so many people recall the “good old days” and long for them, while ignoring their current life. As Joel pointed out, each day is a gift from God, and we should appreciate it thoroughly. Someday in my future, I will look back at this season I am going through now and say “I remember the good old days when my parents lived with me: what fun we had sharing stories and times together” or “I remember back when my grandson was young and stayed with us on Saturdays; how we enjoyed 4-wheeling and exploring the area”. So many of us spend our days just going through the motions; we can’t wait for the day to be over, and we hurry through life – yet missing out on the best moments that are all around us.
I intend to continue to live my life with ‘no regrets’. I take each day as it comes, and appreciate it and treasure it – because today is the ONLY day that it will be today.