Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

“If I Had My Live to Live Over / Talk to Your Heart”


“If I had my life to live over

I would have talked less and listened more. 

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather rambling about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more while watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment, realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more I love you’s and more I’m sorry’s

. . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . .  look at it and really see it . . . and never give it back.”   (Erma Bombeck)



“You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.”   (Esther & Jerry Hicks, Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health and Happiness)



“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.”   (Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Dairy Queen)



“Don’t give in to your fears.  If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”  (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)

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One thought on ““If I Had My Live to Live Over / Talk to Your Heart”

  1. Instead of using ‘If’ to explain what we could have done, why don’t we start making right decisions and stop repenting on our decisions in the past. I agree to each and every point of yours but I also ardently believe that in this life we should focus on making better decisions and life will get better automatically. In reality we don’t get another shot. We have only got this one shot and we have to make it count.

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