Women don’t like age much. This changed for me when I was diagnosed with cancer at 57. The reality of the brevity of life hit and the dislike for aging went away. That’s not to say that I love the way my physical body is aging, but it is what it is and I am alive today. I have sags and bags in all the wrong places but I can laugh, sing, dance and express love. Yes, being alive counts!
This year I lost two friends, much too young. I know where they are and there is peace in the knowing but I have been reminded not to waste a day, because each day counts. Their friendships counted and I find myself remembering things they said and did while alive that meant alot to me. I think about their mark on my life and I want to make a mark on others lives too. And, we all do, whether good or bad, we make a lasting mark. I want the “mark” coming from my life to count.
To keep with the theme of celebrating, I am going to learn to celebrate each and every ordinary day. That’s easy when skies are blue, but when things are not as I wish, it’s tough. Still, in the moment of each day, I am going to learn, going to stretch my hands out to the one who gave me life and learn more and more about surrendered living.
Watching life through my grandchildren’s eyes has opened mine once again. Yesterday as they saw my Christmas decorations for the very first time they smiled, giggled and were filled with JOY. It was a first for them, singing frosty the snowman, and Santa baby…don’t judge, these are animated toys I’ve had for years. They are old hat to me, but new in the eyes of a child.
Today is another first. I have never been 59 before. But, I will enjoy the moment today and the rest of my days in this next year. I will learn to find JOY in the moments, search for them, look for them and celebrate the good while releasing the bad into God’s faithful hand.
One thing for sure, you and I were created by God and for God. Colossians 1:16. As His, we can be confident that our life has purpose,value and meaning.
Today, thank Him for your life, your value and His care watching over you.
I am celebrating this day and thanking Him too!