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Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Lucy is Resolute

The New Year is around the corner. I've got a thought or two based on nearly 85 years of juggling joys and sorrows. Here are some of them:

1. I'm not as wonderful---or awful---as I've ever thought I was. I'm just a part of something much bigger than anything I can imagine. I've always done the best, under the circumstances, I believed I could do. That's a fact. Not an excuse.

2. Looking from the outside in makes things much more appealing than they may actually be. Our physical/material conditions are not nearly as important as our spiritual/emotional state. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn't understand this. Now I do. Again, a fact---Not an excuse.

3. A person can simultaneously love and hate others. The more I love somebody the more capacity I have for rage and hatred toward them. Thankfully, in most situations I love my people more than I hate them. But no matter, I can choose---and that's a fact relating to my behavior---not an excuse.

4. Nothing and nobody can make up for things I missed in my life. I accept that whatever I've received and achieved will never be enough to make up for what I missed. Therefore I am striving to embrace my life with gratitude---now. And that's just a plain fact. (But it's never easy!)

5. Family is something you create---not something you're born or give birth to. My greatgrandchilden are both "by choice" and will never be more precious to me than my "blood" relatives. I couldn't choose my parents but I can choose my children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren etc. And I do.

6. I'm so very grateful I've discovered blogging. Nothing could possibly mean as much to me as my blogging friends and the incredibly rich sharing I've enjoyed. I've been a real dud the last few months but none of my buddies let me down. I love you all so much---and you know who you are.

7. I'm not dead yet and so far I don't wish to be. So Happy New Year to me and to all of you. You're such a huge and vital part of my life. I pray you believe and never forget that!

24 Comments:

  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Miss said…

    Lucy, this is such a wise list, I'm going to include it in my New Year's post. Thanks. I hope your 2007 is awesome!

     
  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Miss said…

    That woudl be me, Miss Cellania. Blogger hates me sometimes.

     
  • At 8:28 AM, Blogger bunnygirl said…

    Wonderful list, Lucy! I hope 2007 is one of your best!

     
  • At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Joy said…

    Lucy...this is one GREAT list! I want to thank you for being a part of my life this past year...a year that had many trials for me; but you were a distinct breath of fresh air sweet lady. Your heart knows no bounds...and your humor has often been the medicine we've all needed some days.

    I can only hope the New Year is as good to you as you truly deserve. I want your days to be filled with love, health, peace, happiness and comfort. I pray your physical discomforts subside never to return; or at the very least, are infrequent visitors. I pray nothing in your life burdens you enough to put your beautiful sense of humor in jeopardy. I look forward to another year of your warmth, your heart, and your storytelling. Bless you Lucy....and Happy New Year. Love, Joy

     
  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Dear Lucy

    Such wise words from you, my blogging buddy.

    My wish for you is a New Year filled with the best of everything.

    Chancy

     
  • At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Terri said…

    I was SO happy to come here and see a new post, Lucy! And you sure look super in that photo.
    Loved reading your words of wisdom here. I'd say your life is very full and filled with much love and good things.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year...surrounded by good health, love and laughter throughout 2007. I've missed your entries, so hope you'll resume soon.

     
  • At 3:07 PM, Blogger Mary said…

    Words of wisdom that we all could use. Thank you for sharing and may the New Year bring bigger and better in all your needs.

     
  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    Lucy, what a wise woman you are! I wish I had written this. Happy New Year, Lucy, and many more!

     
  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger kenju said…

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  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Suzann said…

    You, my dear Lucy have given so much - your guidance, your humor, your spirit - an example. You reaching out to me in love and empathy - in your comments and emails - meant the world to me.

    I was soooooo happy to see your new post. We (I) are so blessed to have you as one of our guides in life - my love flies across the miles as we begin this new year. Be gentle with yourself and take care.

     
  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    I was very happy to see a new post from my blogging buddy, always something worthwhile reading, hope to see more posts from you in 2007. Love your stuff.

    Wishing you and your loved ones all good things in the coming year. Feel good, be happy and keep smiling!!

     
  • At 7:12 AM, Blogger Always Question said…

    Happy New Year, Lucy.
    Best wishes for every happiness throughout the coming year.

     
  • At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Coll said…

    Some of what you have said I am just starting to realize. All that you have said I will take to heart. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Wishing you all the best in 2007. Finding your site was one of my blogging treasures for 2006.

     
  • At 12:53 AM, Blogger Roberta said…

    A Very Special Wish for you, Dear Lucy. I was so touched by these thoughts and how much they encourage us to embrace the richer things of life. No. 3 is something so few people realize. When we care deeply about other's happiness, we certainly react strongly and emotionally to anything that might threaten their health and security. These are all such worthy things to keep in mind as we plunge into another year. You are not so lucky to have found us as we are to have found you. I hope the jaw and shoulder is feeling better.

    All the best to You and Yours in '07!

     
  • At 5:37 AM, Blogger Peggy said…

    Happy New Year Lucy!

    All the best!

     
  • At 5:46 AM, Anonymous Ronni Bennett said…

    Lovely list, Lucy. And a very happy 2007 to you.

     
  • At 5:47 AM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said…

    lucy, lucy,
    you are, once again, so important for me to read. different as our lives have been, there is a thread of similarity between us that is hard to put a finger on. maybe one day, as age visits me further, there will be a way to describe it further.

    for now, thanks for being part of my blogland and encouraging me. yes, here's to another year with fewer bumps in your body! yours, naomi

     
  • At 7:52 PM, Anonymous Maria said…

    What a wise and wonderful woman you are. There is so much to learn about life from your honest reflections.

    I am so looking forward to many, many posts by you in 2007. Write often Lucy, you have so much wisdom to pass on to all of us.

     
  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger GUYK said…

    "A person can simultaneously love and hate others."

    BAWAHAHAHAHA reminds me of an old country and western song about a couple who didn't even care enough about each other to disagree..

    It does seem that we are hurt the most and cause hurt the most to the people we also care about..those I do not care about cannot cause me emotional pain because I don't give a rats ass about what the say or think about me..but I do care what my sweetthing and friends think about me.

     
  • At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Naomi here again, having to comment as Anonymous...OY!
    LOVE your list, Lucy...And I understand it and agree with you!
    I hope your 2007 will be a healthier year, my dear...You deserve ALL the best, my dear!

     
  • At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Lucy said…

    You continue to touch my soul Lucy D. Well said. Happy New Year to you and your family - however they became so. 2007 will be a great year so let's all blog on.

     
  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger Ginnie said…

    Your list is superb. I hope I can gain enough wisdom in the next 10 years to be able to match yours !!
    Happy, happy, New Year and so glad to be able to read your blogs.
    Hugs, Ginnie

     
  • At 8:26 PM, Blogger Kay Dennison said…

    What a wonderful list Lucy!!!! Your honesty with yourself is absolutely great! Happy 2007 to you & yours & many thanks for being such a dear friend to me!

     
  • At 7:36 PM, Blogger Sonia said…

    A Very Happy New Year!

     

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