And Then It is Winter

I received an email from a very dear friend of mine … a life-long friend actually.  One that I’ve known and loved for 50 years.  How many of us can be so lucky as to have a friend for that long?  I consider myself very blessed indeed.  Anyway, here’s the email – republished for you all to think about and enjoy.  Maybe we’re not all in our “winter” yet but even so, the meaning of this is appropriate for all human beings.

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER

You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is… The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise….How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.
So, if you’re not in your winter yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL!

ENJOY TODAY!

DO SOMETHING FUN!

BE HAPPY !

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

And I Love each and everyone of you, some as my children, or grand & great grandchildren, and some as old friends or relatives, and one special one “just because I want to”.

Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”
LIVE HAPPY IN 2013!

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN,YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!

~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!

~You forget names…But it’s OK because other people forgot they knew you!!!

~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. Especially golf.

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.

~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch

.~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???

~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

~Everybody whispers.

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.

~ But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in an AGREEMENT!!!

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.!!!

The photo below really is the last of my “winter” pictures.  I just thought it was appropriate for the theme of this post.  Namaste’

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It Happened for Real

Well, they weren’t kidding.  It started snowing this morning around 10:30 and was a sight to behold, considering we live on the desert floor.  I’ve uploaded one of the pics below but most of them can be viewed here: Snow Day in Tucson  Namaste’

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Snow Day Tomorrow?

It’s possible that we will have some of the white fluffy stuff here in Tucson tomorrow.  If we do, rest assured I’ll be out and about with my camera.  Even the weather forecast says so but if it shows 49 degrees, how can there be snow????  We’ll see … Namaste’

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Ahhh … Humidity at Last

Southern Arizona has always been known for being a rather dry climate but during the winter, it gets to the point of ridiculous sometimes.  I think I should have my own chapstick factory.  Right now we’re experiencing a very cold spell.  Low 20’s at night and high 40’s during the day.  So WS went on the hunt for our humidifiers and we fired ’em up.  Yeah!

I walked by one of them today and noticed the steam, decided it reminded me that when light shines on something, it changes its appearance.  Kind of like life.  Shine a light on negativity and it changes it.  Namaste’

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Merry & Bright

Well, dear ones, it’s almost that magical day.  Here it is Christmas Eve in southern Arizona.  The temperature is 50 degrees, which suits me just fine.  There are lots of people trying to make it home for Christmas today and I wish them Godspeed on their journeys.

Let the love, peace and joy of this night increase the light in your lives today and always, wherever you are.  Merry Christmas, have fun, and spread the joy!  Namaste’

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Winter Solstice Baby – Happy Birthday!

Besides being the winter solstice (shortest day of the year and a special alignment this year of all the planets in our solar system), this day is even more special to me because it’s my daughter’s birthday.  So I want to take this opportunity to honor her.  She’s my baby, my youngest, who turns 41 today.  Amazing where all the time went.  Lots of beautiful, wonderful memories of moments we shared together.

This picture was taken when she was three and it’s one of my favorites.  So I took a picture of this picture and added a little winter solstice effect.  As you can see by the color of her hair and that look in her eyes, she is not one to be messed with.  Trust me, I know. LOL.

Hope you’re all having a spectacular day!  Namaste’

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12.12.12

So how was your day on this 12/12/12?  A day that will never come again.  But that’s true of any day, isn’t it?  Some said that this day would bring heightened energies coming at us; all of us here on Earth.  I think I felt it in the middle of the night.  All of a sudden I was wide awake and not groggy at all.  I felt pretty good! Hmmm.

Today’s photo is all about backlight.  I love the sun going down through the trees, but then I’ve always been fond of the light in the early evening.  Something mystical about it.  Namaste’

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