~ Winter of My Life ~
In Loving Memory of Dottie Loring Stanley
You know... Time has a way of moving
And catching you unaware of the
It seems just
yesterday that I was young,
Just married and embarking on my new
life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons
And I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...
And 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 all the years go and where
did my youth go?
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
friends are retired and getting grey...
They move slower and I see an older
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
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!!
Yes, I have
There are things I wish I hadn't
Things I should have done, but indeed,
There are many things I'm happy to
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.
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 you want your loved ones to remember...
And hope they appreciate and love you
for all the things
You have done for them in all the
Life is a Gift
The way you
live your life is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one.
"It is health
that is real wealth
And not pieces
of gold or silver".