It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, August 01, 2011

Chapter 8, Page 1, Book 11

Merry Monday/and a retirement plan
We may try to deny it or avoid it. We may dread it or learn to laugh at it. But unless an accident or illness robs us of the chance to grow old, we’ll all experience it.
I try to keep the heart young and full of all youth's joy, however feeble and broken the body may become. We need to be most watchful lest we allow our life to lose its zest and deteriorate in its quality, when old age begins to creep in.

At my age I've decided that now should be the best, the very best, of all life! It should be the most beautiful, with the flaws mended, the faults cured, the mistakes corrected, the lessons learned.

We ought to be better people than ever we have been before; more submissive to God's will; more content, more patient and gentle, kindlier and more loving when we grow old.

We are drawing nearer to heaven every day. We should live our sweetest, gentlest, kindliest, most helpful life in the short time which we have yet to remain in this world. We should make our years, years of quietness and peace, and joy.

There are many lessons that life has taught me.

LIFE isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
When in DOUBT, just take the next small step.
Life is too short to WASTE time hating anyone.
Your JOB won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch.
PAY OFF your credit cards every month.
You don’t have to WIN every argument.
Agree to disagree.
CRY with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
Its OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
SAVE for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
When it comes to CHOCOLATE, resistance is futile.
Make PEACE with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
Its OK to let your children see you cry.
Don’t COMPARE your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
Everything can CHANGE in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
Take a deep BREATH. It calms the mind.
Get RID of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you STRONGER.
It’s never too late to have a HAPPY childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
When it comes to going after what you LOVE in life, don’t take no for an answer.
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t SAVE it for a special occasion.
Today is SPECIAL, over prepare, then go with the flow
BE eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
Always CHOOSE life.
FORGIVE everyone everything.
What other people THINK of you is none of your business.
TIME heals almost everything. Give time, time.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
BELIEVE in miracles.
God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
Your children get only one childhood.
All that truly matters in the end is that you LOVED.
Get outside every day.
Miracles are waiting everywhere.
If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
The BEST is yet to come.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a GIFT.

Our aging attitude should be one that views aging as a gift from God, an opportunity for personal growth, and a rich and rewarding journey. This kind of attitude adjustment is the first step in developing a good retirement plan

Love the age you are and love the life you have. Life is a gift!

Have a Merry Monday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Monday resolution: Don't let anyone tell you you're getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.


Sonya said...

Love your entries today as always.

jack69 said...

When we become so self centered that the world and all thoughts revolve around us, we are in trouble, personally.
Problem is some folk are sweet. I am making an assumption, you have for the most part been a sweet person. As you get older you get sweeter and more understanding.
Bitter folk, get more bitter and self centered as they get older and make the children and friends dread to be around them.
Anyway, love you lady and your attitudes.
From NC,
Sherry & Jack


I embrace my old age and wear it proudly.

Scrappy quilter said...

Love this post. I had a horrible time when I turned 60. Once I got past that birthday, it was wonderful. Now I have no problem with my age, I'm loving it. It's given me the freedom I never had at 30, 40 or 50. Hugs

Hollie said...

WOW! I needed to hear EVERY BIT of that! Thank you for sharing this! I always feel renewed after visiting you!!

Thank you for your prayers my friend! They were heard & felt!