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If I Had To Live My Life Over

Even if you’ve barked up the wrong tree you can jump from the branches to a high spot on the right tree. ~ Alan Cohen


If I had to live my life over
I would spend much less time:
Daydreaming and more time achieving.
Doing for others and more time empowering them.
Being ‘nice’ to others and more time being nice to myself.
Talking about love and more time loving.
Reading and more time writing.
Crying and more time laughing.
Talking and more time reflecting.
Pretending and more time being ‘me’.
Being afraid and more time following my dreams.
Watching television and more time singing.
Sitting and more time in physical activity.
But I can’t re-live life, so I’ll spend NO time on regrets.


May you be inspired – every day!



  1. Rachna Rachna June 15, 2012

    I am trying to do this though it is difficult but I am trying.

  2. schulmanlinda schulmanlinda June 15, 2012

    Loved the way you formatted your poem and I loved the picture and caption. Yes, we need to hang out on the right tree, indeed! Great job on the topic.

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       @schulmanlinda Thank you so much. Hanging on the right tree is what it’s all about. 

  3. Bella Bella June 15, 2012

    Corinne, I loved the post and I really, really loved the photo! The furry friend on the tree trunk is so adorable! 🙂 I would spend less time worrying about how to make others happy and invest more time doing what makes me happy! 😉

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       bella Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to you. I couldn’t resist the picture. Here’s to spending much more time making ourselves happy! 

  4. Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young June 15, 2012

    I’d spend less time concerned about what others think of me and more about what my Creator thinks of me!

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       @Elizabeth Young I’m pretty sure He thinks the world of you as He does each of us. 

  5. Sandra Pawula Sandra Pawula June 15, 2012

    It’s so good to have this clarity now and live and rich and inspired life with love and compassion at its heart!

  6. AdrienneSmith AdrienneSmith June 14, 2012

    Love that photo and poem Corinne.  Thank you for sharing this with us today.  If only!

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       @AdrienneSmith If only I had responded earlier 🙂 But thank you for your comment. 

  7. privytrifles privytrifles June 14, 2012

    Lovely poem Corinne,each and every line is so inspiring.

  8. jovane4685 jovane4685 June 14, 2012

    Great post once again Corinne, I feel the same, if I lived with regrets I would never change nor grow. 

  9. DangerousLinda DangerousLinda June 14, 2012

    I believe in something like reincarnation, in which case you’ve described karma (which determines how you live your next life — or ‘live your life over’) pretty accurately 😉  

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       @DangerousLinda I did that? I didn’t realize – perhaps I’m getting wise without realizing it 😉

  10. Shail Shail June 14, 2012

    How true, each one of them! 🙂

  11. luchismiles luchismiles June 14, 2012

    If I had to live my life over, I would make the same choices and the same mistakes, if not I wouldn’t be who I am today. No regrets too 🙂

    • CorinneRodrigues CorinneRodrigues June 29, 2012

       @luchismiles Absolutely agree. We are who we are because of our past choices / mistakes and we learn and grow each day.

  12. Myrna Myrna June 14, 2012

    Lovely thoughts Corinne.  You’re so right.  We can’t live life over again, so without regret, let’s go on and perhaps make some changes.  I could def write more than read more.  I’m doing that lately and it makes me happy.
    I like the poetic content and form of your post today.  Nice.

  13. Winnie Winnie June 14, 2012

    Enjoyed reading your post.  Living the way you listed is the best way.  We can’t change the past, but work on the present. Thanks for the reminders..It isn’t always easy.

  14. G Angela G Angela June 14, 2012

    Just escaped a road accident corinne, this makes a lot of sense, thanks for inspiring!

  15. Punam Punam June 14, 2012

    good inspiration corinne… but i guess i am today a sum total of all my xperienes. everything was required and necessary to make me strong and self dependent… so no regrets for me either… tc

  16. RituLalit RituLalit June 14, 2012

    Ahhh lovely, but then you are a mover and shaker.  You have done more inspiring than daydreaming.  Totally agree, why waste time regretting?

  17. Janaki Nagaraj Janaki Nagaraj June 14, 2012


  18. AdrianaIris AdrianaIris June 14, 2012

    Love this post. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes I need to snap out of that daydream state that I sometimes float on.

  19. Deb Deb June 14, 2012

    so very true

  20. Deb Deb June 14, 2012

    so very true!

  21. marthaorlando marthaorlando June 13, 2012

    Inspirational!  Just loved these thoughts, Corinne.  Thanks for brightening my day. 🙂

  22. JoHeroux JoHeroux June 13, 2012

    But you can begin today to do all of those things! Beautifully done. ♥ it.

  23. AmyMcMunnSchindler AmyMcMunnSchindler June 13, 2012


  24. BhavanaNissimaUpadhyaya BhavanaNissimaUpadhyaya June 13, 2012

    Same here..Corrine! And working my best to do all the “more time” things you mention. Can I say I have only just started living?

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