Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Winter of Life

Sometimes those emails that are passed along between friends produce a real gem.  Here is one that is worth sharing.
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The Winter of Life
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.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,
And I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...
And 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 is...
My 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 so, now 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!!

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.
Whatever 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 life...
So, live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to remember...
And hope they appreciate and love you for all the things
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.
And, remember...
"It is health that is real wealth
And not pieces of gold or silver."

19 comments:

  1. That came as a really great timing as it is my birthday and I am starting to feel just like that, Judith.

    Thank you - wonderful post, very though-provoking, indeed.

    Hugs,

    Michele

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  2. Wow! This writer is spot on! I pray I'm granted many more years, but today [now] is all I have - may I use it wisely and to the fullest!
    I can't believe how fast I've traveled through life to this point. James [in the Bible] says it right - life is like a vapor. We're here for a short time and then gone.

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  3. This is beautiful. I haven't seen it before, but it is a keeper. Wow..kinda tugs at the heart for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I'm going to pass this on to some of my younger friends. It explains what I've been telling them better than I ever could. Thank for sharing it with us.

    Cassandra from Renaissance Women

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  5. Hello Judith, How true this is. It was our 42nd wedding anniversary yesterday and we were asking ourselves where the time had gone, yes we had lived those years, but somehow they didn't seem real, now is real, but then we looked at the photographs of our lives and remembered. It's true what they say, live each day as if it's your last. Best Wishes Daphne

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  6. This is great! Especially for this week in my life! Thanks for posting. Also enjoyed your nesting post --- beautiful photos, yummy food, and delightful mosaic!

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  7. That is well written and so very true. I'm there. I'm there.

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  8. This is a great piece and so true. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. what a Powerful post..
    this is my first visit here but I'll be back.
    I too am slower than I was in the summer of my life but have not yet entered my winter. So with the words of this letter ringing loudly in my ears, I will start living Larger and better and More.
    thank you
    Sonny

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  10. It is true. My friend says she knows she has more life behind her than in front of her, so she tries to do things that are fulfilling and meaningful - she is right on.

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  11. Just beautiful Judith - I so identify. When I was 30ish an older gentleman said to me one day "life is short honey". I remember looking up at him - he was tall in his 70's and now with the Lord. I think of him often - I am now 63 - where did time go?

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  12. Such a wonderful email....I have often thought those very things...I just recently saw my moms best friends...they are all 77 years of age. . As I looked at them I though wow...about fifty years or more of being friends...I asked them what did they think of seeing each other old and grey can barely walk etc...they said nothing...I see her the same as before...then I thought I remember them being my age 54 and me early twenties...thought I'd never be here either but here I'am...Then I wonder will I live to be there years of 77...A really nice post thank you so much for sharing it...Happy Fall evening with love Janice

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  13. Judith, beautiful ... thank you for sharing it! ... Life has a unique way of happening when we are busy making plans...xo C. (HHL)

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  14. Hi Judith,
    I can feel the winter coming and it is a strong task to continue the way and not to look too much behind. Thank you for sharing this helpful words.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  15. Loved your post, Judith. I am 53 but having 7 children can take its tole and my bones are a lot closer to winter than I am. So how come I still feel 35? I found out the other day that people with osteoporosis should not roll down large hills with their grandchildren! However, once my shoulder feels better I will probably do it again. I love all the lavender on your blog. And what a dull day it would be, if we could not 'put the kettle on'. What is your latest crafting style? I too did several of these wood cutouts a few years ago.

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  16. Hi Judith,
    What a beautiful post! So true! Thanks for sharing. Really hit home.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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