Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
I recently read this passage in jLife magazine:
The dawn of every day brings to us an opportunity to make improvements to our lives. There will never be a day that we are not presented with choices. We are provided with tremendous opportunities for growth and change. At the end of every day we are asked to review our actions; every [Sabbath] we again are asked to renew our commitment to be better than we were the week before. By focusing on our own personal character traits, we learn how to fine tune them, keep them in balance and become better human beings, members of our families and community and citizens in our world. Change is inevitable—but we can direct the kind of change we want by considering how we can each become “a better me.”
This has resonated with me for months. How often do you wake up in the morning, stretch, and say “today is filled with opportunity!”? I admit, not very often. It’s easy to get used to not setting an alarm, leisurely running errands, choosing between breakfast and lunch, meeting friends, keeping up with the news and my book club selections.
Yesterday, I was presented with two unexpected opportunities. And now the decision I face is whether to pursue these options. There are pros and cons, of course, not the least of which involves money. Working means a steady stream of income again. I’d prove that I’m better this week than last week, and confirm that change is indeed inevitable.
Am I ready for a change? On paper, yes! I have a great resume and I will get out there and sell myself. I will bring value to a law firm or other office environment and I’m good at what I do. Getting used to a routine again is the challenge. Bring it on!