Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Enjoying Your Age

I took this picture yesterday.
Teddy came to me and said *Mom! You have to come look!*
I looked. There was Momma Dove with her baby.
By the time I returned with the camera,
Mama was on the fence in her sentinel post watching out for her baby.

We checked this morning and all is well with this little family.

I caught up with my email and thought the picture of the baby dove and the Daily OM went well together. Here is the Daily OM. I hope it calls to you as it did to me.

April 20, 2009
Appreciating What Is
Enjoying Your Age

In each stage of life, there are wonderful experiences one can savor and valuable insights one can absorb. Every new decade and, in fact, every new year brings with it wisdom, transformation, and growth, as well as ends and beginnings. Many people, however, believe that there is one age that eclipses the others. They expend energy trying to reach it and, once it has passed, trying to retain it. But wishing to be younger or older is a denial of the joys that have been and the joys yet to be, as well as the beauty of your life in the present. Holding on to one age can make it difficult to appreciate each new milestone you reach. Taking pleasure in the delights of your age, whether you are in your 20s, 40s, 60s, or 80s, can help you see the magnificence and usefulness of the complex seasons of your life.

Each new year gifted to us by the universe is replete with exciting and unfamiliar experiences. In our 20s, we can embrace the energy of youth and the learning process, knowing it’s okay to not have all the answers. As we move through our third decade, we grow more self-assured as the confusion of our young adulthood melts away. We can honor these years by putting aside our fears of aging and concentrating instead on solidifying our values and enjoying our growing emotional maturity. In our 40s, we become conscious of the wisdom we have attained through life experience and are blessed with the ability to put it to good use. We are not afraid to explore unfamiliar territory or to change. In our 50s, we tend to have successfully navigated our midlife reevaluations and have prioritized our lives. In the decades beyond, we discover a greater sense of freedom than we have ever known and can truly enjoy the memory of all we’ve seen and done.

Try to enjoy the age you are at now, for each age presents its own unique wisdom to savor.

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Genie Sea said...

A lovely reminder. Thank you :)

Janet said...

Great thought....besides age is only a number. I love being 65! For one thing I get lots of discounts!! Just kidding....but I never lie about my age or wish I was a different age. I enjoy each year and look forward to the next.

carolyn said...

hi snap~to am age is just a number. i like how the daily om states "each age presents its own unique wisdom to savor"
next year i turn "the big 40" and am not phased by it one bit! why do they say it's big anyway? :-)
thanks for your visit yesterday! after my month long break it was good to blog again!

Kate said...

Boy, this is a timely post. My 50th birthday is fast approaching, and while I had so angst about it last year, I am embracing it now. As my sister-in-law told me, "50 is great: you can do anything you want and nobody cares".

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy...


Maria-Thérèse said...

I've never, ever seen a baby dove!
I go to London a lot and a few years ago they had these commercial signs in the tube (subway) "Have you ever seen a baby dove?" or something like that - because apparently people don't. Maybe doves hide their babies extra well. I don't know. Well, now I've seen one!

Thanks for always being so encouraging of my work!

Maria-Thérèse said...

...and apparently I'm quite unaffected by the age thing since I only see the baby dove! :D :D :D

Seriously, I'm embracing my... adulthood lately.
No wait,
I'm not.

Sarah said...

The dove is so sweet.
I'm sooo happy to be my age -48 - you couldn't pay me to go back. I've never struggled much with getting older.
Thanks for all of your support and hugs hon - It has meant the world to me!! Namaste, Sarah

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

What a delicate little thing - it's feathers still look wet. I appreciate my age, the calm that comes with it, the sense of self that no longer depends on acceptance by the masses. I wouldn't go back for...well for anything really.

Carole said...

Love the picture!

We have doves that come around from time to time. Last winter we had a fairly large flock, this past fall/winter only a pair that came around for feeding.

In reading Enjoying Your Age I must admit that I got tears in my eyes (it's been a rough month around here).

The number thing has always bothered me (even with being told by many people that I look lots younger than my I am). I don't know why it's such an issue with me, it just is. I freaked out when I turned 30 for heavens sake! lol

I don't do anything differently now than I ever did. I'm still as physically strong and active as I ever was. So the problem? Probably me. lol

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comments. :-)

Julia said...

Hi Snap,
Thanks so much for your wonderful support of my art...It is really appreciated...and thanks for the daily om I needed to read that,as I have such a thing about having started too late in my life to do what I really am passionate about.....xxx