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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

It's All In The Attitude

Getting older is beyond our control. No matter how much we'd like to, we can't stop time from marching on. However, growing old is something we can control. That's where attitude enters in.

When we look in the mirror, we can either see a life that's half over or a life that's half begun. We can spend all our time dwelling on the mistakes of our past or we can spend it focused on the hope of the future. We can count our wrinkles or count our blessings. The choice is ours.

It's been said that we live the first half of our life for success and the second half for significance. I agree. In our twenties and thirties, most of us were consumed with our careers, attaining financial stability, and perhaps raising a family.

By the time we reach the second half of our life, our priorities change--or at least they should. Many of us have had to watch our parents' health decline or fail. At this juncture, we are forced to face the cruel reality that our time on this earth is limited. When we fully realize this, the reports and meetings that seemed so important and pressing suddenly lose their urgency. We spend less time thinking about the mortgage on our home and more about the people in it.

The second half of life is a chance to get our priorities straight. It's a time to realize that having the last word isn't as important as having a conversation. It's time to quit trying so hard to get ahead of the Joneses and to try a little harder to walk beside them and be their friends. It's time to realize that it's not going to matter how much money you leave your family when you die. What is important is how much of yourself you leave with them.

By the time you're eighty years old, you've learned everything. You only have to remember it!
--------George Burns


Blogger mrsskeels said...

I totally agree! It's definately more important to have a home, warm with love, than to have a home with all the bells and whistles. I am blessed with a home that my children are not ashamed to call "home". I've done what I set out to do. "Home" is our family, not the dwelling, just as "church" has nothing to do with the building we have it in. God is good!!!!

2:47 PM  
Blogger *aimee* said...

Life is in the attitude...and attitude is a choice. I guess by this we can conclude that life is a choice, and you are quite right in your assessment of it! May we only learn to live for significance in the midst of our success, while we are still young. May we find friendship in neighbors instead of competition and may we all leave behind the legacy of our God-given identities.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Simply Me said...

Aimee, I need you to put everything you say down in a journal. I will pay to have it published, ok?
Grandma Um

10:30 PM  
Blogger *aimee* said...

Thank you Grandma Um, for your kind words. How is the recovery? I watched part of a total thyroidectomy yesterday in the OR. It was done on a 10 year old little girl. Crazy huh?

7:03 PM  

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