11/12/11 Weekend Grif.Net – Winter is Coming

11/12/11 Weekend Grif.Net – Winter is Coming

[RM, an old cruise friend, sent this timely reminder]

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the
passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and
embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons
ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all.

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did
I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that
those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off
that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here
it is – my friends are retired and getting gray; they move slower and I see
an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but I
see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and
vibrant but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those
older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the
day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore; it’s mandatory! Cause if I
don’t on my own free will I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the
aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things
that I wish I had done but never did! But, at least I know, that though the
winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last. I know, that when
it’s over, its over. Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t
done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy
to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet, let me remind you that it will be here
faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your
life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long. Life goes by
quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is
your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, so live
for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to
remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that
you have done for them in all the years past. ‘Life is a gift to you. The
way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one.’

Dr Bob Griffin
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”