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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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We need to embrace life’s challengers even in the winter of lives

We need to embrace life’s challengers even in the winter of lives

A reader sent me this edited refection entitled, “And then it is Winter.”

Time has a way of moving quickly and we become unaware of the passing years. It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.

I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then with all my hopes and dreams. Still, here it is, the winter of my life that has caught me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember seeing older people throughout the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

Yet, it’s here. My friends are retired and getting grey; they move slower and I see an older person in myself. Some are in better shape and some in worse shape than I, but I see the change. Not like the ones I remember when we were young and vibrant. Like me, their age is beginning to show and we are those older folks that we used to see and never thought we would become.

Each day now, I find that just taking a shower is a real accomplishment for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore – it’s mandatory! If I don’t take a nap on my own free will, I will fall asleep wherever I sit!

I entered this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did. At least I know that though the winter has come, I’m not sure how long it will last. This I know, that when it is over on this earth, it’s over. A new adventure will begin with my Loving God!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done, things I should have done, but there are also many things I am glad I accomplished. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you are not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in life, please do it before it’s too late. Don’t put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

You have no guarantee that you will see all the seasons of your life. So, live life fully today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember. May they appreciate and love you for all the kindnesses that you showed them.

Life is a gift from God that we get to open every day. So don’t waste a single moment of a single day on anything that takes us away from the fullness of life. Life presents challenges but with God’s help we can conquer. The way we live our lives is a gift to those who come after us.

Remember, “Old” is good in some things: “Old” Songs, “Old” movies and best of all, our “Old” friends. Keep in touch with those you love.

Through all of life’s changes, be who you are, not what others want you to be. Stay positive and stand strong against the negative! Though your abilities are different from when you were young, use the gifts you still have to make the world a better place.

Focus on what you truly care about. Remember failure isn’t the end of something; it’s just an example of how not to do something. Continue to embrace life’s challenges and conquer them!

May God be with you in the winter of your life!