Friday, March 22, 2013

Living the “And then it is Winter”

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Living the “And then it is Winter”
One of my friends forwarded an email to me that contains, “And Then it is Winter”.  I apologize to the author of this piece for not being able to give you credit for what I am including in this Blog Post today. If you contact me I will be happy to give the credit where credit is due.  Thanks in advance.

This is particularly powerful for me over this next few weeks.  I will be getting together with cousins of mine that are all about the same age.  It is possible that a 95 year old aunt will join us as well.  We are all very young in our connections with each other. That is – what we remember is all about the old days. Few of us have connected with each other as we have aged… and we have really aged.

That is why these words mean so much to me personally.

Here is the email’s contents.
*You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just 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 the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. *
*But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through 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. *
*But, here it friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit! *
*And I enter into 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!!  But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's over. A new adventure will begin! *
*Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.  *

*So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, what ever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for
them in all the years past!! *

*"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. *

*Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. *
*LIVE HAPPY IN 2013! *
*~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect! *
*~Going out is good.. Coming home is better! *
*~You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even
knew you!!! *
*~_You realize you're never going to be really good at anything....
especially golf. _*
*~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you
really do care that you don't care to do them anymore. *
*~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.
It's called "pre-sleep". *
*~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF"
switch.. *
*~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ??? *
*~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it
anywhere. *
*~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!! *
*~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. *
*~Everybody whispers. *
*~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will
never wear. *
*~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of
all, OLD FRIENDS!! *
*Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let
them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! *
*It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of
Life You Have Lived. *

~ Murray Lincoln ~

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