"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." ... 2 Corinthians 4:16
Look back over my semi-recent posts and you'll see I've spoken much about how ol' Debra feels herself aging.
Yet, my favorite teacher seldom speaks of that, even though she's 16 years older than me. But then, she's done this wild thing for years. It's called 'taking better care of herself'.
But last Friday, wow. She did address aging and oh Honey, I've felt marvelous ever since, especially after she said this--
"Only a fool thinks he can always do what he's always done. We're always in the process of aging." --- Joyce Meyer
Oh! Other people kept telling me to ignore getting older, it's all a state of mind, just a number, etc., but something felt wrong with that, for hey. I, now, cannot do some of what I've always done.
And that means something to me. It affects, in some ways, all my days.
Joyce even said it's exciting to go through these changes and I understand that, also. For me, it's thrilling to figure out new ways to solve old problems, to make changes so that folks think I'm still 'with it'. Capable. You know, still 'all there'. heh.
Remember that Master Daily List which God hinted I should write up? Oh wow.
No more am I--
--standing at the kitchen counter with tablet paper and a pen, asking myself, "Uhm. What must I do today?"
-- or worrying that this house and yard are gonna take me down. Soon.
-- or entering weekends with an aching back because I worked too hard on Fridays.
As George Peppard used to quip, "I love it when a plan comes together," and this Master Daily List makes me feel perhaps I can still 'get it all done' the next few years, after all.
Really, I'd wondered lately.
What's also encouraging me? That anti-inflammatory diet I mentioned to you (Gee, I'm feeling better), and this thought:
For years I'd assumed that I'll never be able to officially retire like people who had 'real jobs'. After all, someone has to still take care of the place. The house. The yard.
But last week? I told Tom, "Since many folks retire at age 62, maybe that's when I'll retire from doing yard work. Perhaps that can be the year we start hiring folks to mow and trim hedges for us."
Tom seemed ok with that idea! But I'm gonna wait awhile before hinting about my dreams to have a house cleaner drop by at least once a month. ツ (Already I'm praying my pride won't have me washing stuff before Cleaning Lady arrives each time.)
Anyway, what am I really saying? Know thyself. Accept thyself, even if your older friends still have their 'litheness', but yours fell off years ago. And whether it's your family genes, a mishap or neglecting your body which is messing things all up--
Do what you still can. Gratefully.
Make wise changes so to keep going, longer.
Work smarter, not harder.
Ask God for His best ideas.
Keep a gratitude diary.
Find funny folks to hang out with--
--and never, ever lose your sense of humor, no matter what age, what shape you may find yourself in today or your many tomorrows ahead.
“So this is what you do when it all slows down and the minutes that tick by feels a little longer than before. You open your eyes a little wider, and look at everything. Take it all in. Rehash stories of old, remember people, times and occasions gone by. Allow everything you see to remind you of something. Talk about those things. Stop and take your time to notice things and make those things you notice matter. Find out the answers you didn't know to yesterday's crosswords. Slow down. Stop trying to do everything now, now, now.”
(Debra here) -- Would you like a copy of my personal Master Daily List? You know, out of curiosity or for potential ideas for your own? Feel free to email me at Gladone4@yahoo.com for a copy.
Maybe I'll do less these next years, but my aim will remain to do it with excellence, not an ordinary mediocrity.
Oh! And this upcoming film looks wonderful. Check out the movie trailer here.
"It is not easy when you have to let go of things that you've done all your life and then sit back and watch somebody else do them."