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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Enjoy the Journey!

If a person lives many years, then he should learn to enjoy each and every one; but he should not forget the dark days ahead, for there will be plenty of them. All that is to come—whether bright days or dark—is fleeting.  Be happy, and celebrate all of the goodness of youth while you are young. Cultivate a cheerful heart every day you have youth. Go where your heart takes you. Take in the sights. Enjoy, but remember that God will hold us accountable for all that we do.  When all is said and done, clear your mind of all its worries. Free your body of all its troubles while you can, for youth and the prime of life will soon vanish. (Ecclesiastes 11:8-10 VOICE)

Bette Davis said, "Old age is no place for sissies".  Isn't that the truth! Someone else said something along the line of doing all this stuff, spending all this money, exerting all this effort to help someone actually reach old age, but completely missing the very thing they need the most:  The ability to enjoy it!  The key to living many years is in the ability to actually enjoy those years - not in the by and by, but in the here and now!

Thomas Hardy gives us some interesting insight:  "The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it.  To some men of early performance it is useless.  To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job."  I think he has something there - we can "peak" early, driving hard and accomplishing much very early on.  In our old age, will we have the energies to enjoy it?  Not likely - because we "used up" all the energies we had trying to accomplish all that in our youth.

I am a believer in "slow and steady" growth.  All growth is progressive and at times we do seem to grow in "spurts", but once we reach a certain point, we "level off", don't we?  The "leveling off" point doesn't have to be the end for us. It can be a place of fresh beginnings - of doing new things, exploring new insights, and coming into new places of enjoyment.  Our writer's advice - clear your mind of all its worries - free your body of all its troubles.  I think these two things might just be key to us enjoying life well into old age!

A free mind - one uncluttered with all the worries of life - is able to embrace new truths, explore new things, and take in new wonders.  One cluttered beyond capacity is quite limited in what else it can allow in without having to let something out!  Mind and body go hand in hand - a cluttered mind makes very little way for an unburdened body!  It isn't how fast we accomplish growth - it is that we actually appreciate the growth - enjoying the journey!  Just sayin!