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Friday, October 3, 2008

I'm 36 for a moment....

I've been thinking a lot lately about life, the universe and everything. I'm now officially closer to 40 than 30, and, according to the media, the world is falling down around our ears. There are terrorists out to kill us all, our role models are untrustworthy, drug dealers and criminals are free to threaten our children, and the economy's going to heck in a handbasket.

Since I'm now indisputably an adult, this has all suddenly become my concern.

Well, I have to say, I'm content. At this moment I have food in the cupboards and clothes in the closets. The cars are both registered, running, and full of gas. I have family and friends who love me and there's even a little money in the bank.
My spacious home has a sound roof and unbroken windows. Each of my children has a comfortable bed. The furnace is working and has a new filter. The running water is hot or cold according to my desire and the toilets don't leak. Did I mention that three policemen live within a block of my house?
I have many talents and ample opportunity to develop them. There are people who find pleasure in my company. I've learned to be grateful for all I have and for who I am. My Father in Heaven loves me and has provided generously for me all my life.

The world is truly a beautiful place when fear is released and gratitude is its replacement.
Hopefully my emotional setbacks will become fewer and fewer and I will be able to consistently be grateful no matter what my circumstances. Now that I've discovered a life filled with joy, I don't want to go back. But really, tomorrow will take care of itself.

I'm thrilled to be 36 right now for a moment. Even as the world falls down around my head I look back and see love and look forward and see adventure. What a wonderful, unique life I've lived so far! I can't wait to see what the future brings!


sues2u2 said...

Wow. Sanity amongst all of the madness. Who knew that it could come from within? HA! Good thing we know the truth, eh? Thank heavens (literally) for a boy who was more interested in the hereafter than the now.

I love your post. I love how mature & brilliant you are! Yes, you are Very well loved & admired! Can you tell that I'm one of your biggest fans?

(Oh & I was thrilled to see that you "follow" me! roflol!!!

Pat said...

I loved reading your last post. Great changes are happening to you and I couldn't be happier!! Of course, there is always ups and down but you are well on your way up.

Love you, bbbbbbbbbbb

Love bug said...

I am only 31 and I am already thinking about life and all of that, but with a little bit of a twist. As I looked in the mirror last night and saw all of the wrinkles that are coming around my eyes, I felt old as I held my 6 month old son. I hope by the time I am your age, I can say all of those wonderful things as well! It was good to hear that. Thanks.

Anderson said...

Thank you for your comforting words. How often we need to pull back from the "world" and pay attention on what is really important to you and and your family-What do you stand for? BTW being 38 really makes you realize how close you are to 40! :)