If only we could go back,
Back to the long ago years of our youth,
Back to a simpler time where someone always told us what to do,
Back to the families that showed us right from wrong,
Back to the teachers that made us accountable for our time,
Back to the churches that reminded us to follow the Golden Rule,
Where would we be if we could go back?
If only we could look forward,
While remembering all the lessons we had learned,
Thinking that there is usually a much better untried way,
Noticing that others around us have their own paths to trod,
Realizing that we have our own inner voice,
Recognizing that our lives are the result of our choices,
If only – two little words that can be used
To show us a forward looking way.
Altho we can’t go back to our own “If Onlys”
We can place our sights firmly on the promise of tomorrow,
Knowing that we are the one who is in charge,
And “If Only” is no longer an excuse we can make.