The days of running 26.2 miles are long gone, my hip screamed in agony while running a block to catch The Little Runner.
The days of climbing on roofs and up trees are over--unless I desire to try out the latest walker model.
The days of wrinkle free tight skin are long gone. Too many hours in the sun while enjoying the great outdoors has taken its toll. Mother Nature Wins!
The days of eating what I want-when I want are over and done with since my metabolism seems to have come to a crashing halt. Somehow I missed the STOP sign about 20 pounds ago!
Laugh if you will, but with acceptance comes peace. I still enjoy those walks, but I often pay the price with an aching hip. The dog may find himself in the pound when I quit chasing after the scoundrel. If that happens, I plan to leave him there overnight to teach him a lesson. Climbing into trees and on roofs is for cats and squirrels. I can pretty much see most everything from the ground.
God has given me the gift of diminished eyesight so I can not see all those wrinkles and sagging skin. And finally, for all those who have nagged me all my life that I need to put some meat on my bones, I finally took your advice.
I hope you laughed for it always helps to approach a serious subject with a little laughter. Grief often surrounds us in this hurting world. God gave us grief to lament what we have loved and lost. It is never easy and though you may think their are levels and classes of grief. Grief is grief. As we recently talked about a stubbed toe hurts even in the face of death it hurts.
I have finally learned though grief never goes away--the pain diminishes with acceptance of the cause. Acceptance, for me, has brought peace and the ability to move forward. God desires us to live our lives to the fullest and being trapped in the pit of despair makes that impossible. Not to say we will not occasionally step back into the quagmire, but with acceptance we are able to pull ourselves up and out when we stumble and fall. Forward motion---we all need to strive for forward motion.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.