Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WELL SEASONED

My dear friend accused me of being wise and I laughed and told her, "Not wise, but seasoned."  This short conversation became the catalyst for today's blog.  There was a time in the deepest of holes that I said, "All the best of me has been used up and I have been cast aside."  It has taken a while, but I no longer believe this to be true, in fact it is FAR from the truth.




In the eyes of the world, I am a senior citizen--physically things are beginning to go south.  The mirror reflects sags that have morphed into bags and wrinkles that have become deep valleys.  My fast mile now resembles a slow stroll and all exercise has become a test of endurance.  I need more rest, but can't sleep past 2:00 AM and Aleve is my BFF.  I am not what I once was---

Instead I am the best I have ever been and firmly expect to continue to get better.  When I finally learned, with God in the center of my life and my willingness to allow Him to direct my path--I began a transformation into the best I have ever been.  I like the person I see in the mirror almost all of the time.  Through life and life experiences, God has taught me a great deal.  I have more compassion, more sympathy and empathy, and the biggest heart I ever had.  Life and all that life has thrown at me--and all the blessings mixed in have changed me into a well seasoned lover of life.

With time--wines become better---beef and cheese are best when they are aged--art and books are sometimes appreciated more with time---and with age, I have become much wiser, a better friend, closer to my family, more appreciative of the beauty of God's creation,and able to love more deeply. Like that favorite pair of jeans--with wear and tear--they soften and conform and become our favorites.  Like the cast iron skillet--with seasoning and time--I am at my best.



So no the best is not used up--the best is a work in progress--and by allowing Him to be the potter---he is turning the wheel and creating a fine work of art to be loved and cherished--as only He can do. 


for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:13

10 comments:

  1. Pretty Damn Good Post.... Thank you for all of us "Seniors" that have become that "black seasoned skillett" and have use and purpose God saw in us before the foundation of the earth. Thank you for pulling us out of self-pity, agony and desperation and that feeling of being useless and giving us a vision of purpose and point. Keep the post uplifting and encouraging since that is what we 65 plus folks need. Thank you very much and God bless.

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    1. But am I preaching to the choir then? There are also a whole host of young people who read this blog. Always in a teaching mode, I try to give them a glimpse of not only surviving, but learning and growing as you mature. Exactly like life, the blog is sprinkled with the sweet and the bitter and a occasional tad of spice.

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  2. I am sure you are at your best Lulu, despite what you see and describe in the mirror. You've a wonderful sense of humopur and are much loved by your family and friends who rely on you and your help so much.

    Seasoned ... as well as spiced, I should say.

    God bless.

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    1. YES, indeed--spicy--that would be me---LOL! You are one of my best blog cheerleaders, Victor.
      BLESS YOU!

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  3. Hi Lulu! Can you hear me cheering?? I am so happy for you, that you see yourself as beautiful and the best you can be. I agree! You are always encouraging here, sending out your words of warmth and humility to all your readers. It's beautiful, and that has to come from a beautiful place.

    You go girl!
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    1. Thank you, Dear Friend! God has used you & others like you to remind me of who I am -His Beloved!
      Blessings!

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  4. Top choice for a neutral and flexible general term to describe those in later life is "older," used to modify people, adults, individuals, or Americans. I suggest you drop the moniker "Senior Citizen" somehow it makes us (me included) seem like an outcast in society.

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    1. I prefer the Chinese philosophy of revered!๐Ÿ˜„

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  5. I'm with you, girl! We're not getting older, we're getting better! 60 looms ahead in 3 months, but then I remember that 60 is the new 30.

    And I smile!

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    1. I do not feel a day older than I did at 40--REALLY! Have to work a little harder to get into the shape to try something--but still living those adventures!
      Blessings!

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