Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Life-learning No. 2

 Last year in a small group, I was asked (along with other participants) what age I would like to go back to and why. I didn't even have to think about that one. I like life right where I am. I wouldn't go back to any other age or stage of my life for any amount of money. And it's not because I have a perfect life and live in a perfect world. I don't.

What would you answer? Obviously, there's no right or wrong answer. There's simply your answer.

I like the things I am learning as I age. That's the reason I wouldn't go back to a previous age. For me, the wisdom and insights I keep gaining through the years far outweigh any loss of body strength or any sags or wrinkles I've gained.

Yesterday I began sharing things I am learning as I age because it was an exercise some friends and I recently engaged. I am grateful to have learned to love and care for my self. This came later in my life, perhaps because I was raised in an age when women didn't do that. Life then was all about caring for others, most likely husband and children. I did that for several years of my life. Now I know the importance of good self-care, however. I know that if I am to love and care for others, I'm much better equipped to do that if I am filled up. I need to be loved and cared for, too.

It's lovely when others love and care for us. It's also very important that we learn to do this for ourselves. Imagine a pitcher pouring its contents into several glasses—except that there's nothing in the pitcher. It's empty. Hmmmm, it wouldn't work, would it? You can't give to anyone if you're running on empty either. So what's on your list today that will make you feel loved and nurtured? If nothing is on your to-do list yet, add something. You'll be so glad you did.

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