This baby boomer has reached the top of the hill. And I have never been more out of breath!
I am not overweight, but I am out of shape.
I stayed in such good physical condition most of the way up the hill until the last couple of years when I gave up my gym membership. You may ask why did I do that? Because I had a little bird flying off to the big school up another hill and that school wanted a big bill paid. So I gave up things to pay.
What did I gain, besides my little bird getting bigger brains? Do I have any extra?
Extra flab, more out of breaths, and extra lethargy.
This is another category for my one word for the year that I am focusing on, discipline.
I will be very disciplined at exercise once I get my feet disciplined to hop up on the treadmill of mine and to get my hands disciplined to wrap around the free weights I also have.
People are asking me now how it feels now that I'm on top of that hill. It's like they're waiting for a depressing answer. Maybe because it's that time of empty nests along with hot flashes. But my nest is not completely empty and the hot winds haven't blown yet. I do have to buy moisturizer by the crate now instead of by the jar, but that's not so bad.
Actually, from up here on top of the hill, the view is not too bad. Maybe because my eyes are more focused, or maybe it's my heart that is. I've had time to build a lasting relationship with the One who has allowed me to be here on this hill.
The One is my Heavenly Father, my Savior, my Lord.
He has given great words that I can really relish now, like. . .
"Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly. . .
and ones I readily smile as I say to my boys . . .
"...do not despise your mother when she is old."
"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for memebers of his household; he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
I Timothy 5:8
OK, maybe I shouldn't smile as I recite that one to them, but it just kinda creeps up.
George Burns is known for saying about age. . ."It's better than the alternative." I ponder on that one. For the believer the alternative refers to where we go after we leave this life. When I leave this earth, I'll be going to my Heavenly Father, Savior, and Lord. I'm already living with him, I've already begun my eternal life, but it will be in a place where there are no more aches and pains, no more wars, no tears, no sorrows, and I'm pretty sure no treadmills. I'm thinking the alternative doesn't sound so bad. I would like to scale back down the other side of this hill slowly, but I'm ready to go when called. I'll not have to pack my crates full of moisturizers and not worry about the grey hairs, although He tells me that is a crown of glory.
So, from up here on top of the hill. . .it's not bad. I think I'll sit down for awhile and enjoy the view.
It's strange though, I think I smell smoke. . .lots of smoke. And maybe just a hint of. . .cake?