Seasons of Life

Yesterday is History, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, use it wisely….

This is one of my favorites as it relates to everyone whatever stage or place you are in life.

Today is dedicated to my father as he is celebrating his eighty second birthday!

Take a little time and reflect on the past month, do you obsess about what negative things have been happening in your life? Do you constantly worry about what might happen tomorrow? How about just for today, try just for today! Decide what things you would like to accomplish today. Write them down and check them off as you complete them. At the end of the day celebrate the job well done and reflect on the successful day. Take time to smile, enjoy something you love and savor the moment. Look back and know that it is a day well lived.

It seems when I was young time went very slow, remembering as a small child the day never would end, as a youth school would last forever, as a younger adult pregnancy will last Indefinitely! Now I am amazed at how fast the time speeds by, my children are amazing young adults, I have ads for AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and my parents are in the fall season of their lives.

I had a wonderful talk with my mother the other day when my father was back in the hospital. I was upset as he has been there more and more lately. She reminded me of the words at the top with today being a gift, we need to enjoy the time we have left. It was not so easy at first but smiling I knew what she meant. My father never owned a company, held office, or made a lot of money. What he did was more important! He has raised eight children of his own, taken in countless of others along the years. He has always gone out of his way to help others with out complaining. He was a liberator under General Patton in World War Two. He has been married to my mother for 60 years and he is my hero. He has always stood up for me, even times when I was wrong and he probably shouldn’t have. He loved me when I couldn’t love myself. He has taught me love and compassion and forgiveness and for that I am grateful for everyday I have with him. I encourage everyone today to tell those you love in your life that you love them. Make a few phone calls leave a couple of voice mails and you will make someones day!

This quote says it all! I am proud of you Dad!

HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others:
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
a redeemed social condition, or a job well done;
To know that even one other life has breathed because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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~ by coachsusie on September 17, 2007.

4 Responses to “Seasons of Life”

  1. I agree 100%!!!
    There is nothing we can do about yesterday, because it is gone.
    There is nothing we can do about tomorrow, because it may never come, but we “CAN” do something about today, because it is here right now for us. So let’s not waste it thinking about what could have been or what may be in the future and focus on right now. Great Blog!!!

  2. Wonderful words to live by! I am thankful for having today to tell my family how much I love them. Say it everyday.

  3. WOW, That is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing that with me. It really helped me put my day into perspective too!! I was needing a little groundingJ

    Alicia Kreul

    Sanford Hall Director

  4. […] September 17 ~~~Happy Birthday Dad~~Susie Austin Seasons of Life […]

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