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Who I Might Have Been

posted Jul 8, 2014, 6:52 AM by Suzette Vearnon   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 6:55 AM ]
"Toward the end of his life, the literary giant George Bernard Shaw was asked what person in history he would most like to have been.  His response was that he would most like to have been the George Bernard Shaw he might have been and never became." (excerpted from The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson)

It was a typical morning of meditation.  But today, I decided to focus on I am statements rather than allowing the guided imagery of my meditation CD to center me.  Lying on my bed unmoved by the night's slumber and the occasional toss of my hand and swivel of my body as I slept was The Gift of Change.  I did something I had not done in a long time.  I opened its pages and began to read.  When I read the above, it stopped me in my tracks.

How many of us, at the end of our days, will reflect back over our lives and say as did George Bernard Show, "I most like to have been the person I might have, could have been but never became?"  That's the ultimate regret.  Flashbacks of moments in time that we were too busy with distractions to recognize.  What if I had parked my car at the lush and inviting park for a moment rather than rushed home to the same monotony?  What if I had asked her to marry me?  What if?  What is I had cut off the television and played with my child?  What if?  What if I had answered the call to become someone greater in that moment? 

Those are examples.  More personally, what if I could have become Suzette?  My prayer is Lord don't let me miss the invitation to become.