AGE-ING OR SAGE-ING?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

From the time we take our first breath we are in the process of aging. How long we age and what we do during those years determines how content we are with our lives.

SAGING INTERNATIONAL defines sage-ing as “…a way of living the second half of our lives that is joyful, fulfilling, and meaningful…involves personal and spiritual growth, making deeper connections with our friends and family, developing new passions, and giving back through service to others. https://www.sage-ing.org/

My grandmother lived her 92 years as a sage. She never stopped pursuing knowledge about spirituality, history, and cultural customs to better understand the world she lived in. She shared what she learned with small groups at her church and in the community.

I believe it was Mark Twain who said that we are only as old as we think we are if we did not know how old we are. And Satchel Page said, “How old would you be if you did not know how old you are?”

A Chinese doctor I went to for many years always asked, “How young are you?” no how old.

The theologian, A. R Bernard, wrote “Life is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God.” http://www.quotes.com

Take a few moments to ponder these quotes about old age:

"Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years."   (Ausonius)

"Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act." (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

"Live your life, and forget your age." (Norman Vincent Peale)

AND, TO END WITH SOME HUMOR:

Thank you for reading this blog. It shows you are a wise person.

Seeds of Life

Each human is different in every imaginable way. Our looks, intellect, size, abilities, and so forth. We have evolved and adapted which we continue to do to this day.

In a way, we are like a plant, that has grown from the union of two “seeds.” A human comes from an even smaller “seed,” the union of the sperm and the egg. (the sperm and egg are not seeds by definition but are used here only metaphorically). We are each a miracle, blessed with our unique bodies, personalities, and abilities. 

The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds with a radius of 1 millimeter. According to Kundan Pandey, “They activate biochemical processes of the body and encourage healing….the seeds help to keep us healthy and fit.” (Buzzle

There are five references to this seed in the Bible: Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:5-6, Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:30-32, and Luke 13:18-19. (https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Mustard-Seed) From such a small seed, comes a large and strong tree from which there are many healthy products.

Just like the mustard seeds we can and do affect the lives of everyone with whom we come in contact.

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In my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, I write about the purpose of the soul…the real me. In my opinion, the soul becomes a part of the joining of the sperm and the egg.

Some important questions for each of us to consider:

  • Do I affect people in positive and loving ways?
  • Am I living each day to its fullest?
  • Do I give back as much as I receive?
  • Do I have a faith that gives me strength and peace; that can move mountains?

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

LIFE IS A BOWL OF CHERRIES…AND MORE

This popular phrase means that life is sweet and simple, but is it? Irma Bombeck pointed out in her book that a bowl of cherries might have a pit or two. Cherries are indeed sweet when fully ripened, but some can be sour.

Going back to my life’s quilt on the previous blog, there were pits in each patch. The biggest pit was the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, but it has turned out to bring amazing rewards and growth. Yes, cancer can have its positivity IF you choose to learn from it, help others, and be a role model for family and friends on how to face adversity.

Being a parent has many rewards, some heartbreaks, and it challenges one’s patience, understanding, and coping abilities. Parenting is the most difficult and most rewarding role and one I would not trade for the world.

Sally Cronin wrote a wonderful book titled, Life is Like A Bowl of Cherries, Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet. I gave it 5 stars with the comment “each story will touch your heart, search your soul, and awaken your senses. 

Life is (or should be) about touching our hearts, searching our souls, and wakening our senses. The pits are opportunities to become better individuals. If your bowl of cherries has too many pits, perhaps they need to be removed by changes you can make. More about this in the next blog.

A TRIBUTE TO CAROL…

When you meet someone very special, who touches your heart deeply, you are very blessed. You will learn, laugh, and cry together. You will feel like you have known each other forever…and I believe at a soul level, you have. When I met Carol Tucker a few years ago, a deep bond was formed.

She loved the season of autumn, especially when she was at Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Carol always decorated for Halloween, welcomed trick-or-treaters, filling her home with the smells of apple cider, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Preparing and serving a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends was always brought a smile.

In memory of Carol Tucker, Oct. 27, 1950-Oct19, .2021
Two words describe Carol Tucker: educator, advocate.
   She taught those children with a variety of learning disabilities. Using her intelligence and creativity she designed lesson plans designed to help, educate, encourage, and inspire. 
   As the co-founder and director of the Princeton House Charter School, she was an important leader in providing the best education for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
   Her role as a mother was always teaching her four children with unconditional love how to live to their fullest potential.
   Carol did not let her diagnosis of ovarian cancer slow her down. She advocated for women to know about this lesser known cancer, designed a newsletter, volunteered for every event, provided support to others by listening to those newly diagnosed, and giving them hugs, encouragement, and love.

Her book, Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Love and Acceptance, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book distributors. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH.

“FICTION IN A FLASH CHALLENGE 2021” PHOTO PROMPT #31 #IARTG @pursoot WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts #FlashFiction

Suzanne Burke has provided a new photo prompt from which to write a short story, poem, or one-liner. Come and join in the fun.

When I first saw the photo prompt, it brought back memories of my sister and I swinging side-by-side as children. Looking at the snow, I thought about the analogy of the seasons of the year and the journey of our lives.

Since Covid-19, the preciousness of life is ever more evident; the lessons of filling each day with love are more clear; the gift of memories is precious, and the beauty of love is ever so dear.

May 2021 be a year of lessons learned and lived. A time of putting aside differences and joining together in love. A year of taking better care of our health. A year that the swings of memories will uplift us.

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