Mid-Life Crisis Do-Over?

Mid-Life Crisis do-over?

What would you do differently, if you knew then what you now know at mid-life?

Here’s an interesting mid-life perspective.  It’s from a greeting card from a few years ago.  Here’s what the card said.  Plus at the end, you can click on the hyperlink to see the entire poem, as well as Diane Loomans’ website.

**** If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again ****

If I had my child to raise over again, I’d finger-paint more and point my finger less.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I’d do more hugging and less tugging.

I’d be firm less often, and affirm much more…

If I had my child to raise over again, I’d teach less about the love of power and more about the power of love.   —  Diane Loomans (adapted)

Mid-Life Learning

Mid-Life Learning.  We got to mid-life and became who we are at mid-life, by many things we learned as a child.


If children live with encouragement, they learn to be confident.

If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to find love in the world.

If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous.

If children live with honesty and fairness, they learn what truth and justice are.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those around them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn that the world is a nice place in which to live.  — Dorothy L. Nolte

To teach is to learn twice.  Who will you teach today?  Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂

PS.  Here’s the full version of her poem.