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Monday, December 28, 2020

Chapter 12, Page 28, Book 20

The great thing about getting older is you don’t lose all the ages you’ve been.

Madeline L'Engle

December 28th - The older I get the more I lose loved ones I’ve known.

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

Frank Lloyd Wright 

Weve heard so much about the horrors of aging from the onset of aches and pains to having senior moments.  Plenty of myths about aging have been debunked, like he idea of aging domes you to a life of lethargy and unhappiness.

I think aging is a privilege.  Not all of us live to see old age.  And the older I get I do see the death of many of my loved ones. Some died before their time and were young, some died old but never really lived.  This week saw the death of my SILs mom.  She was younger than me and died from the effects of covid 19 which really shook us all up. 

We thought she would improve and come home again, never thought that she would die, but she did.  The news devastated us all.  We hear the numbers all the time but never put a personal face to them.  Now we can.

Yes, aging is a privilege Im very thankful for and I never regret any of the other ages Ive been.  Ive enjoyed my life to the fullest and it has been filled with many blessings.  

Death is never expected and comes when its least thought about, but truth be told, it is a part of life.  The sooner we acknowledge that, the more we appreciate life and all it holds.  I never take anyone for granted.  They may be here today but gone tomorrow.  We should never take those we love for granted, but show them our love and appreciation every day and  in every way we can.  

So today Im choosing to stay out of the darkness and sadness, and embrace the joys of growing older gracefully.  

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln


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

The older we get the more we tend to love life .

jack69 said...

This is a great post lady, especially understood by us who are aging. We always enjoy every line, but in every post some of your philosophy jumps out and worth repeating. such as:
I think aging is a privilege. Not all of us live to see old age.......

The example of your SIL's mama is an example everyone reading will understand. Everyone reading can cite such an exmple.
LOve from Florida where we are warming up.
Sherry & jack

Mevely317 said...

Echoing Jack's comments. While I'm not depressed, lately I've been thinking about former classmates, pals, boyfriends and co-workers who've passed away -- with little notice. Even 5-6 years ago I'd consider those stats a fluke. Nowadays those numbers are so high, I'm a little surprised to still be among the living. Grateful, too!

Martha said...

This is a great post Ma and so true. We should all keep this in mind all the time.

betty said...

All our days are ordained by God before any of them came to be. God knows exactly the length of our dashes. Each breath we are given is a gift from God :) I am thankful I am at the age I am at. Each day and breath indeed we should be thankful for. But in the scope of things eternity lasts so much longer than our mere days living on planet earth. Where we spend it should be a very big priority.