Remember how the Apostle Paul said:
" I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I've preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."?
Well, I'm not quite there yet. ツ
But I'll tell ya. Being 63, many days I fight this battle:
I mean, I've cooked meals for 43 years! Four decades I've cleaned house, done yard work, gardening, laundry. Bought groceries, run errands, redecorated and shoved heavy furniture around.
I've paid my dues, done my time. Don't I deserve a break?
Yes! And, well, no.
In 2019 we had those 100 feet of privet hedges yanked and hauled away which still thrills me! Same with how we hired a lawn care company in 2021. (They returned this week and I almost raced outside to cheer. Almost.) Oh, and I discovered an easier way to do laundry in our basement and always I'm trying new ways to make meal times simpler.
Using a pine pellet cat litter, I change Daniel's litter boxes less. I no longer rearrange furniture. I work on my flower beds s-l-o-w-l-y, Naomi wheels the trash bins to the curb for me, Tom's much better at placing his dishes in the dishwasher (and feeding Daniel over weekends) and no longer do either of us eat dinner, only a healthy-ish snack.
And as I've mentioned here 50 times, I've decluttered over 1000 items and weekly I order groceries online.
Changes! I've made changes in my 60's and they've simplifed my life. Made it more streamlined, doable.
But still, I must remind myself of this: the goal is NOT to--
do away with all work
hide from people, Life
no longer take risks
care only about me, me, me
dream constantly of vacations
yearn for retirement
twiddle my thumbs till Heaven.
Nope, I've preached much in this blog (let's face it) and like Paul, I'd hate to, in my 60's, 'be disqualified for the prize'. (Yikes.)
So balance! I'm seeking new balance. Fresh wisdom. Working smarter, not harder, using excellence(not mediocrity) and discovering, welcoming, new plans God has for me these later years--
--plans I can do, otherwise He'd not even ask me.
Newness of Life in one's 60's? Yes, with God all things are possible, even that. Even now in 2022, even in a world gone wild.
(This is not me, but rather, a nice lady I found online in her garden.)
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." ---Psalm 73:26
"It's important to finish our journey well." ---copied
Have you ever made a list of your Top 10 Favorite Songs of All Time? I created mine over last weekend. With the exception of two songs, I've listened to these for decades, at least 50 times each, and still they send my head and heart to happy places. ツ
(Please don't judge me. Heh.) ---
Oh! And one more--
Come Saturday Morning (The Sandpipers)