Satchel Paige via YourDictionary
Complicated answer, depending on which part of you is answering –
Sometimes I feel like an old soul, my HEART feeling as if I’ve always been here soaking up emotions and feelings, personal memories and those of others I’ve known.
My MIND feels about 30 – young enough to want to experience new things, acquire new skills, read all I can, play in my art room, work in my garden or flower planters, play with our dogs, hug my husband fiercely – while having had enough experience to consider more wisely (I hope!)
At times my EMOTIONS feel as if I’m a young child – scared when I’m not sure I can handle something or I’m dealing with a worrisome thing totally out of my depth. Other times I feel very young when I’m captivated by a new thing that brings me joy, or I feel newly empowered by something I was unable to do yesterday. I get so excited it’s hard to ‘tame down’ my enthusiasm. I find it hard to sit still and have to contain my actions to grinning from ear to ear – and maybe cheering a bit. :0)
My BODY brings me back to the reality of how old I actually am. It feels pretty good right now, after a day of rest from what we consider ‘heavy labor’ around here. Other days it tells me I’m old and creaky, stiff and sore, telling me I need stretching, exercise, ice/heat, and a nap.
Any day you think about it, your answer is different, depending on which part of you is feeling the most dominant at that moment.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? – Satchel Paige
My friend Bill Lites sent this to me via email this morning.
Quiz # 1 – (Just read through and ponder – don’t agonize over actually trying to answer these.)
- Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
- Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
- Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
- Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
- Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
- Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies .. Awards tarnish … Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Quiz # 2
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money … or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most.
Dalai Lama via Elephant Journal via Cathy Ruggiero
My husband asked me to take a few minutes to watch a TED talk on You Tube this morning. I did, rather grudgingly, because I wanted to get busy with my to-do list for the day.
My husband and I are getting long in the tooth. We’re pretty set in our beliefs. We both reacted the same way, amazed that this man changed our long-held beliefs about income inequality, minimum wage and how capitalism works. I felt it was an epiphany!
This is NOT a political talk. It’s a talk about what works, and what doesn’t, and why – concerning capitalism and economics in our country. He asks us to consider some new ideas that will help all of us.
If you can make the time, I ask that you watch and listen to this and consider his ideas.