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Monday, August 11, 2008

live a good life

So…today is my birthday. I’m feeling rather old (52). If I live an “average” amount of years, I only have about twenty years left…not very long.

I can’t get away from the thought that I need to be mindful in the living of my life. This is more important to me than ever. Today is all that I have (and maybe not even that). I’m trying to love more and better, exercise, eat good food, complain less, and take time to relax (remind me of all these a month into the school year).

My family has talked about how our Kathy seemed to be trying to pack a whole lifetime into the past few years. It was almost as if she knew she didn’t have much time left. Her leaving us, and the comments that others have made about her life, have made me understand these words:

“Live a good life…in the end, it’s not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years.”

Lord, help me live a good life.

g

3 comments:

Diane Dotson said...

Happy Birthday Gayla!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm taking your advice also; try to live a good life and make the best of each day!!!

Love ya,
Diane Dotson

Don said...

Hey, Gayla. We left Nacogdoches on the last day of November in 1993. I was 73 at the time. That was 15 years ago, more or less. Now I am 88. If I can do it, you can do it. Fuel yourself with LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and you will make it. NOW look at the years have left! And probably you will live to be at least 90. I plan to.

Mary said...

Happy Birthday Gayla!
I'm with Don! I will be 77 next month and I'm making plans to go on a camping trip with a group in Nov.
But. .regardless of our age, you are right that we all need to be more mindful of the days that we have and join your prayer of, "Lord, help me live a good life." Be it days, months or years!

mary