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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chapter 1, Page 30, Book 19

Don’t let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

January 30th - do what you can 

Do what you can, with what 
you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt.

As I’ve aged, I’ve found that there are many things I can no longer do.  At least not the way I used to do them.  But I can still do a  lot and I don’t let what I cannot do get me down.  As long as I can still do something, I’m happy.  

Right now, my only disability is old age.  For me it means living life in the slow lane.  Some days I think I couldn’t possibly get any slower, Ha ! It takes me longer to do most anything so I’ve learned to plan accordingly.  If I know I need to be someplace at a certain time, I start getting ready sooner that I used to.  

Gone are the days when I used to clean house, bake a cake and go shopping all in one day.  Now I can do one or the other but not all three.  My body only knows one pace and that is slow. The old grey mare isn’t what she used to be.

Living life in the slow lane does have it’s advantages so I make the most of what I’ve got. Slowing down causes time and space to expand.  I’ve become like the tortoise, slow at the outset, but still going strong at the end of the day.

When we slow down we start noticing the feeling of the breeze, the smell of the air, and all that’s happening right now.  It’s a wonderful feeling and I’m happy to be who I am right now.

Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

This weather is not going to last forever...summer is coming!

Mevely317 said...

This reminds me of our Pastor Janet's encouraging message to would-be walkers. "Do what you can with what you have, at your own pace."
I, too, have been forced to make compromises … but the little benefits found in slowing down hadn't occurred to me. Thank you, my friend!

betty said...

Life in the slow lane is a good one, I think! I can't run any longer or sometimes not even walk at a fast pace because the muscles just don't want to cooperate, but I just keep going as good as I can. I guess that's what we should all do :)


jack69 said...

Dadgummit girl, you named my infirmity, 'Old Age'. hahahaha I am trying to enjoy it. As always, thanks for encouraging words and WIT!
Love from our old laptop, dug out from under the bed....
Sherry & jack From a cool Florida

Chatty Crone said...

I know what you mean - my disability is old age too. I start to think about what all I have compared to some other people and I feel so blessed! Old age - at last I have it!

NanaDiana said...

I wish I could slow down a bit but I am still working full time and taking care of our house, shopping, etc. I know one of these days life will slow down for me...I hope! Enjoy the "slow". xo Diana

Rick Watson said...

I hear you girlfren. I’d it wasn’t for doing yoga a few times a week, I think my bones would lock up :)


i do what i can. "Right now, my only disability is old age. "