Sunday, March 20, 2011

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

I have a good friend of many years to whom I would like to address this post. My friend woes the years gone by so quickly and wondered where it all had gone --- wishing that she could turn back the time to where she was young happy and able. But this does not concern her alone. I think the subject wraps around everybody journeying their lives respectively..... from their spring to the winter of their lives now or will be soon. This piece was quoted/posted by Tom in his blog. I liked it so much and thought how my friend should see this... why I'm bringing it here. It's a long piece but worth the read, definitely worth the read. Do take a minute .... you'll be glad you did. As I was by it.
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To quote...

And then it is Winter.

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 gray... 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!!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last... this I know, that when it's over... its over...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. So, 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 that you want your loved ones to remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that 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."

So then .....
LIVE IT WELL!
ENJOY TODAY!
DO SOMETHING FUN!
BE HAPPY! BE THANKFUL!

-- Unquote.

(This post found in http://tomkelantan.blogspot.com/)
Thanks, Tom. God bless!
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14 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog today, which arrived as an email in my inbox and so lead me here. This post is particularly apposite, for a friend and I were discussing the very subject last night! Tom's were wise words underlined our conversation! Winter definitely has beauties of it's own! :)

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  2. Hi Jinksy,

    So nice to know that the subject ran a common thread with us. I definitely agree with your words --- "Winter definitely has beauties of it's own! :) "

    Thanks for taking time to drop by.
    Always a pleasure to see you.
    God bless you and your family.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. I know so well of lost opportunities in life. It is always going to be the now and not later because we can be sure about tomorrow either.

    Everytime my birthday comes alon, I begin to count my yesteryears as I only get older...another year has just gone by like away say. But my wife always like to say "at least you made it to this age". I do wish I can relive my younger years.

    Yes, we should live everyday to the fullest because no one knows what will happen tomorrow.


    God Bless,
    Paul

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  4. I agree much is missed of the days of our youth. How deeply it is felt when the winter of our life has come. But then everything has its own place and time and reason. The things of our youth belong to our youth. While now the things of age are making itself felt a day at a time, a moment at a time, an experience at a time. We do well to note that life is movement and that movement is always forward and onward.

    Much of the past is already gone and no longer can be retrieved. It has done its part. What remains for us to carry in the present and to the future are its memories.

    Regret not the passing of the years... it does for a reason. God is taking us on a journey in the direction of our final home -- his kingdom.

    Live life one day at a time. That would be easier to handle. Junk all regrets for they have no use in the present. Set your eyes to the promised future instead.

    And count your blessings; there's plenty of them. Your wife wisely said so. :-)

    Thank you for coming by and for your comment. Wishing you God's grace peace and love.

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  5. Hey ,

    These words have touched me deep inside....

    "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 no doubt winetrs have the beauty of there own :))

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  6. Your posts are a gift for all of us Ellen...thanks for the fantastic post !:)

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  7. Hi Chakoli! How are you? I hope your Monday kicked up a good start. :-) Thanks for dropping by. God bless you and your family.

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  8. And your visits.. a lovely expression of your warm friendship. Thank you, Sana. May God's grace peace and joy be with you always.

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  9. Ellen,

    Read 3 posts now. Each has interwoven link. First two are so strongly related that we could count second as extension of the first - Face the Sun. One needs determination and gut feeling to achieve what one aims for and at the same time count blessings instead of cribbing about troubles. If one follow what you say in first two Winter will be Sunny.

    Take care

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  10. You always find a way to make me smile, Jack. :-) That line '...winter will be sunny' is a good idea indeed.

    Bless you. May your days be sunny and your winters warm.

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  11. Theanne, loved the piece you wrote about 'momisms'... that was fantastic. Brought back memories of my dear mom. Thanks for your lovely visit. Blessings to you and your family.

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  12. Hi Aby! Made that trip to Goa?? Hope you had a great time. Thanks for taking time off to drop by. It's so appreciated. Take care and God bless.

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