It will be my privilege during the next several days to be with our 95yo brother-in-law in San Diego. He, two years ago, married Judy's 87yo sister, after both had lost their spouses several years back. Judy (71) is taking her two older sisters (the oldest 89 today!) on a "road trip" to Ohio, where they will all be landing tomorrow. I will be reflecting more about this week to come on my FaceBook page as the days move by.
Getting ready for this time away, it has brought me to ponder my own aging. Both Judy and I are grateful beyond words for the lives we've been able to live.
As with your own life, ours has also swung between hard moments and moments full of joy. We are, frankly, amazed at the grace we've been given over all our years, even as we stare 50 years of marriage in the face. ;-)
This summer has afforded us time pondering time that we have both needed and wanted. Pondering, good pondering, sincerely does take time, no matter ones age.
My first recollections of pondering was as a lad sitting around campfires in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and British Columbia. Watching the embers fade from glowing orange to black, looking up and seeing the zillions of stars in the dark night sky, smelling the smoke wafting by, hearing the snap and crackle of pine pitch giving it up to the heat, making up stories about what one hoped life would be like when we got to be really old at 30. Those were treasured moments I've still the capacity to remember and cherish.
Taking time to ponder life, at any age, is crucial for our ongoing growth. Where have been your favorite pondering places? Where might you choose to experience some more life pondering yet this week? How about this weekend? I dare ya...........
Your soul, and mine, refreshes when we dare to hit the pause button of our lives. Your inner self is waiting for that to take place.....................soon. I'll share another thought about pondering in a couple of days that I'm confident will encourage the inner you.