Monday, April 18, 2016

Blessings of being older

The Blessings of Being Older

1.  You have real wisdom to share.

2.  More people open doors for you.

3.  You get senior discounts.

4.  You get to be a grandparent.

5.  There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

6.  Simple pleasures seem so much sweeter.

7.  You finally have time to start a new hobby,        read a good book, or travel.

8.  You have seen so many prayers answered.

9.  You have time to bake cookies with the grands, go to their school programs, 
      be their cheerleader, confident, and prayer warrior.

10. You've seen it all before, even if you don't remember where.

11.  You don't have to prove yourself.

12.  You have time to volunteer.

13.  It's ok to forget.

14.  You don't have to rush, but can actually enjoy the moment.

15.  You learn to simplify your lifestyle.

16.  You don't take your health for granted.

17. Heaven is closer.

18.  You discover the value of the things that have been around a while....old            friends, old books, old memories, old songs and antique items.

19.  You have learned that great memories come from both hard times and good        times.

20.  You realize that old age is a gift that not everyone gets to enjoy.

What would you add?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

List the situations that always make you cry...

  1. Things and Situations that always make me cry....

1.  Chopping onions...

2.  Death of a friend or family member....

3.  Hallmark Movies or even the commercials.... 

4.  Sweet memories....of special times with special people.

5.  Saying goodbyes...I can usually " make it"  till we drive away.

6.  Sappy Christmas movies....

7.  Sad movies....

8.  Whenever the hero or heroine dies in a book.

9.  Watching my grandchildren being kind without prompting...

10.  Holding a new baby.....tears of joy.

11.  Watching someone battling bravely in a losing cause...

12.  A betrayal of someone I trusted.... 

13.  A suicide of someone I know.....

14.  A terminal illness of a child...

15.  Physical pain from an illness or injury....

16.  Dropping off your child at college and driving away.....

17.  Great Happiness when you think your heart can't hold anymore.

18.  Overwhelming empathy with a friend

19.  Being fired...

20. Death of a beloved pet...

21.  Moving....having to start over!

Again, nothing really profound...probably the same things that make you cry.  Let me know if I left something out. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

List the things that make you excited

What makes me excited?

1.  Anticipation:  Looking forward to something that is coming up.

2. Day dreaming: hoping about something that I want to happen.

3.  Fireworks....I love to watch the night sky light up with all the pretty displays.

4. Praise Music:  Brightens my day, my mood and lifts my spirit.

5.  My Kids and Grandkids:  Happy Days!

6.  Cake....will make me do a happy dance every time!

7.  My Cats....they think I'm wonderful so I try not to disappoint them.

8. Volunteers: ....people who share my passion and vision and show up to work hard and get a project done.

9.  A completed project:  I love checking off an item on my "to do list."

10.  An adventure:  a day trip, visit to the library, a visit from a friend, a trip to Diary Queen for a small blizzard, visit to a green house, a bouquet of flowers from the grocery store,or  a movie date.

11.  Nature:  I love a great sunset, fields of flowers, mountains, the beach, sitting on a porch swing sipping sweet ice tea and watching the world go by.

12. Home:  Dorothy had it right all along....there's no place like home especially if Mr. Wonderful is there beside me.

Hope you weren't expecting something lofty and inspiring .  

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

 I never know what to write but then I found a book called "List Your Self".  The intro says making a list from various topics will unlock a door to your personal identity .  So here in list form is "Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger"....brought to you by my 66 year old self.

1. Read your Bible daily and write down what God is teaching you.  You will make lots of mistakes along the way but not as many if you listen and evaluate your life on a daily basis.

2. Start exercising now (your joints will thank you)

3.  Take pictures of you now. (believe will look back on these days and realize just how beautiful you really were even though you may not like what you see in the mirror.)

4. Be more adventurous.  This is the best time in your life ....physically, financially, emotionally and time wise. 

5.  Say "Yes" to more opportunities....especially ones that will stretch you .

6.  Read stretches your mind and makes you more creative.

7.  Tend a garden....what fun to grow something or have beauty around you.  What's better than fresh produce from your own garden?

8.  Quit accumulating will only have to dust it, store it, trip over it, or work harder to have a bigger house so you can get more stuff.

9.  Don't overeat.  There are other ways to comfort yourself that will have far less consequences to your health in the long run.

10. Stop being a people pleaser.  You can still be kind, but realize you can't please everyone, all the time do what is right and move on.

11.  Listen more...find out ways to encourage others on their life journey.  Go the entire day without complaining or criticizing.

12.  Make plans, have something to look forward to.....anticipation is one of your driving forces and will give you great joy in your life.

13.  Volunteer to help those in will be the one who gets the most joy out to this.  

14.  Do something creative every have a crazy sense of humor, write down your experiences and thoughts.

15.  Make friends with several amazing women that you can do life with.  These are the women that will be there for you, that will pull you out of the pits, and will challenge you to be a better version of yourself.

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