A good friend of mine sent me a quote recently that seems to perfectly summarize what our attitude should be. It was:
TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE. SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
Doesn't that put it all into simple perspective? Those of us who have less of our life ahead of us than behind us are reminded constantly about our age. Companies don't usually advertise to us. Doctors and airline pilots seem to be teenagers. Too many political figures look for ways to make our life tougher by threatening our safety nets and income or health coverage. Our bodies start to fail us no matter how conscientious we may be. We are not getting any younger.
Yet, that is the point of the quote. Why would I waste my time worrying about the past? Why would I get upset by what may happen in the future? The clock is ticking and none of that worry will slow it down, it can only make me enjoy right now less.
Frankly, I had never thought of time in the way this quote positions it, but it is so logical and true. It is a simple statement of fact that reminds me all I really have is today, right now.
There was another part of the note my friend sent me that contained a concept I really like:
"Move The Needle."In essence that says to me life is not meant to be lived stuck in one place, doing one thing, in the same way. Being fully alive means moving the needle in your life on a constant basis. Crank it up, make the needle get close to the red line occasionally by pushing yourself physically, or mentally, or emotionally. Expand your horizons, push back against your supposed limits. Move the needle of your life.
Thanks, Pat. You've made writing today's post on retirement advice easy by giving us two important things to think about. Now, I need to get busy doing something that will move my needle while I focus on today and what my next step should be!