One Woman's Wisdom for the New Year One Woman's Wisdom for the New Year

As I approach the New Year, I have some questions, and I have some answers. As my sixtieth birthday looms before me, I cannot help but wonder why everyone is getting old around me? Why do we refer to sixty as “middle aged” or even “midlife? Does this mean I’m going to live to be one-hundred and twenty? If I’m only as young as I feel, how does that account for my worn out parts? If I have my “parts” updated, does that mean I will then be a woman of steel? Why do I keep asking God to hurry up, when I am slowing down?

As I ponder these earth-shaking questions, I can honestly say that I have learned a few things about mid-life, and life in general:

• If you know where everything used to be, you’ll always know where to go.

• The best thing about middle age is this: just as a woman’s beauty begins to fade, her husband’s eyesight begins to fail.

• Always put your “No Trespassing” sign directly above your “Welcome” mat.

• Worry works; because most of the things I worry about never happen.

• If I plucked out all of my gray hairs, so that I won’t become gray, I would be bald.

• Plucking out the hairs on my chin, is easier than finding them.

• When I was 19, I knew everything, no need to ask. By the time I was thirty, I was pretty sure there was more to know. By the time I was forty, my kids knew everything and corrected all my mistakes. Now that I’m pushing sixty, and really do know everything, I realize how much I have yet to learn.

• Every day of my life is a struggle, yet I wake up every morning thankful to be alive. I am blessed to be aware of all God’s blessings: Sight. Sound. Touch. Taste. And Smell.

• I am so thankful that I have people in my life. My husband. My children. My friends.

• My pets have taught me more about God’s love than a thousand sermons.

• To be thankful is a gift. To be aware is a blessing. To know that God knows me; yet He still loves me is a mystery! To know that God wants my love in an intimate relationship is a miracle.

• Every morning of my life I wake up, and I begin my life anew.

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