IF ONLY--we had been born rich
Surely we would share our wealth with all those less fortunate.
IF ONLY---we had been born one of the "Beautiful People".
Surely we would remain humble and treat all others not so gifted with beauty the same.
IF ONLY---our fame for all we accomplished was known world wide.
Surely the notoriety would not go to our heads--but we would remain well grounded.
IF ONLY---our integrity and honor were a beacon of hope to all in our path.
Surely we would remain humble and true to our principles.
We all have some "If only's" that we are convinced our entire life would change --if only we could grab the elusive target we seem to always miss by inches.
If only I were thin---if only I were smart---if only I were a -insert dream job---if only I had the right connections---if only I could sing like a bird---on and on. We daydream ourselves out of reality into a fantasy world of everything different---if we only...
Everything will change about my attitude--my circumstances--my outlook---if only.
The truth is more than likely if our if only's were all granted--we would not change--or perhaps change would not be for the good. We allow these "If Only's" to stymie our joy for life and limit our grabbing for the gusto. We focus on what we wish we could have instead of the abundance of what we do have, and miss the blessing of what is staring us in the face.
As I have aged, my "If Only's" have narrowed considerably--but there are a still a few secret longings I cling to with a grip of steel. One of those is-
If only you would read this blog and be lead to comment---if only. But even if you do not comment, the knowledge the read counter gives me that many of you are reading should be enough. And a comment---an added bonus--the brass ring---the golden apple--great--but not necessary to continue putting the pen to the paper. It is enough to know you are reading.
So put those "If Only's" aside and live life to the fullest never expecting them and not allowing them to become an excuse for missing the blessing of the day. A sure cure for the terminal "If Only's" is the acknowledgement of "But God" has blessed me with an abundant life--and moving forward with the expectation of more "But God's" to come.