50 is Nifty

Hobbit door gardenThis week I commemorate a once in a lifetime occasion, my fifth birthday that ends in a zero.  For some reason, the multiples of ten foster a certain specialness to the event.  I intend to approach this as a mid-point, the halfway of my existence here on earth.

It is a good time to reflect and with introspect, evaluate the past since it has shaped my present, but more importantly, look to the future for new opportunities and progressing on unfinished business.

I believe that one should be mindful of the present – to live each day for what that specific day has to offer.  However, it is good to plan and hope and dream of a better, fulfilled future.

I recently read an interesting quote, which I wholeheartedly agree with.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width as well.  — Diane Ackerman

We all should endeavor to live a “wide” life – to fully enjoy what we do and the people we are with.  Do not set your eyes on just a long life, but on a life of meaning, purpose, and joy.

Yesterday I spent 10 minutes with an 8-year old daughter of a friend, and just listened to her to talk about her life, as I held her hands and looked into her eyes.  It was extremely rewarding.  Her youthful exuberance was contagious.

Spend some time in the coming days to evaluate and reflect on what is most important in your life.

Slow down and enjoy the moment.

Savor the day (don’t seize it).

Be content.  Striving only leads to stress, which is unhealthy.

Connect with those people who matter most to you.

Stop, talk, and listen to a friend or family member.

Live and enjoy the place where you are at.  Be grateful.  Look to the future with hope.  Share that hope with those who are in your life (your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family).

Trust in God and do good; Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.  — Psalm 37:3

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