Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you!
I can’t remember where I found this little quote.
I placed it on my kitchen counter and look at it occasionally.
It makes me smile.
I like this view of aging.
My doctor told me I have about 4o more years to live.
Heavens! How can I afford to live that long?!?
I continue to work, save and yet I want to enjoy life also which usually involves spending money.
It is a hard balance.
When I worry about running out of money, I remember the words from a sweet Irish lady whom I met in Spain when I was a newlywed. She advised me to put my faith in God and not worry about the future.
After my Husband’s death few years ago, I received almost identical advice from an older friend. Her advice was to worry less and have more faith in God.
I don’t think that they meant to throw caution to the winds but to do my best and trust in God.
It is hard for me as I try to control and account for every action in my life.
I like to think that I can figure things out, can solve problems with logic and planning.
“Give it the old college try!” is my motto.
As I contemplate those forty years, I am excited but also aware that my life will change.
There will be developments that I won’t like.
Yet, as I contemplate the coming years I see many good things.
I have wonderful grandchildren to love and treasure along with their parents.
I have time to support causes and help others.
I have time to devote to reading, painting, writing and playing the piano.
I have work challenges that stimulate my brain and engage me with others.
Who knows if I will live forty more years or forty days or forty minutes?
Regardless, I want to live with meaning, dignity and joy.
I want to be a blessing to my family, friends and community.
If I can do that, it will be enough.