Crossing over...strange term to use, isn't it? I think it actually makes perfect sense. I have crossed over from my 40's to my 50's and have now received an application from AARP. That is definitely crossing over!
To the right you see my handsome self stopping in a scenic spot in Lisbon, Portugal, where I was privileged to travel this last summer. What does it have to do with crossing over? Plenty.
You see, in my "crossing over" I plan to have adventures. I plan to do things I have never done, whether big or small. I plan to enjoy the daily things in my life I have taken for granted; the stable presence of my wonderful wife, the solitude of the forest across the road from my house, a latte with my beautiful daughter, the exciting new stages in my strong son's lives. I plan to seek that which I have not yet experienced, just like my walk through the streets of Lisbon in June. I'll be working with students in the village of Juan Tomas, Dominican Republic, in March. I'll be able to travel again to Uganda in June. I'm going to the forest tomorrow morning.
Since I have now crossed into my 50's, I've made a new goal...four experiences. I will attempt to have four new experiences every month in my first year of crossing over...I plan to share the journey. Feel free to read on...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
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Well, if your first experience was obscene pain, I hope the next three this month are more enjoyable. Of course, dropping your cell phone in the hot tub is probably something you haven't done in the past - you could try that!
When I was thinking about going back to school for my masters at forty five, I commented to my brother Dean that I felt I was a little old to be starting a new career. He replied that in a year I was going to be forty six and I could choose to be forty six with a master's degree or forty six without one. That has spurred me on to try quite a few things.
"You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self confidence as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Wartime Writings)
On the other hand remember that regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.
It appears that you are alive and well, eager to accomplish new things, interested in God and people, exploring new worlds of experience. Such an attitude leads more to life than death, more to strength than weakness? Does age matter? Some young ones are sick or dead, and some old ones are sick or dead.
I think age is irrelevant. Living life, enjoying life, loving life and God is good. It is profitable to love God and to love people. It helps if one listens to people, responds to them. It is good to walk in the woods, to experience and to enjoy trees, leaves, wind, rain, and the slant of sunshine that slaps the sides of trees standing silent, tall, and strong. The Earth enjoys life, and so should people.
hey steve! you have the exact attitude that I want. (hopefully I can get it before 50 though!) i'm so eager to read what's next...
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