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Learning From Life – Repost

Beginning my fourth year with What Next; Behind Roo’s Ruse I’m amazed at all the changes since I began and what I’ve learned. From September 15, 2015:

Learning From Life – Extended Course

In the process of life the truly meaningful lessons stick with us and the seemingly unimportant ones redefine themselves along the way. The most significant ones seem to keep reaffirming themselves. Ten things pretty well sum things up for this Boomer:

1.  If people ever stop surprising me I will probably be dead.  1. a. I am a people.

2.  I alone am responsible for my choices. I may be influenced, but God help me, I choose.

3.  People want to categorize people.   3.a. Ignore the categories – no one gets out alive.

4.  People like people they can talk with about anything and are also comfortable sharing silence. 4.a. There’s nothing like ‘a good friend and a glass of wine.’

5.  Listen with body, spirit and soul; words are optional.

6.  When we are young we learn best from our elders. When we are old we learn best from our youngsters.

7.  Feel disconnected?  Stop and plug in.

8.  A single quote from a good movie tells an entire story.

9.  To think better, float face up on the water and breathe in the freshest air anywhere.

10.  Not much is better than waking up to the smell of coffee and bacon cooking on a campfire.

 

“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.” Proverbs 19:20 (NLT)

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My Choice

This moment is too rare to disturb.  Basking in warm sunshine on the balcony, the air around me now is 37°F (37°C), five degrees warmer, above freezing as it was when I first stepped outside.  I could go downstairs now, turn off the trickling water and close the cabinet doors.  I choose to stay.

Warm in a shirpa throw, breathing in the new day, I suddenly feel as though time stopped.  I do not stop; with surges of emotion my heart keeps beating, my mind races – and then slows.  With the beginning of a New Year so close, the past and the present seeming to swirl together around me is revealing, not alarming.

From some recess I think of the apostle Paul.  Fettered in prison, fully aware that his life was about to end, he wrote, “…Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.*”

Press on.

Notwithstanding New Year’s reflections, except for ascertaining exactly where we are, and determining where to go next, stop looking back, looking forward is best.  Sure, events of the last few years affected my family and me profoundly.  We took some hard hits.  And we rolled to our feet.  We press on.

Today my stories remain obscure.  Though it is doing better than I expected, my blog is still somewhat nondescript.  Yet, from the distance, friends and loved ones steadily cheer me onward, to continue writing, posting and keep going forward.

I was born to write, and I played at it for decades.  Today I actually sense my purpose deeply.  My days end in exhaustion, and yet I wake refreshed, renewed, and eager to continue.  Focused on my goal, bless Jesus, I choose to fly.

 

real Pegasus

 

Happy New Year, all y’alls!

Carry On,

by Kansas

*Philippians 3:13,14, Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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