“…Now, I find, that just getting a shower, and deciding where to eat, are the big decisions for the day…!”

AND THEN IT IS WINTER.  You know…. time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It was just yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my bride.  She was 18 and I was 19.  I wonder where all the years went.  I know that I lived them all…the ups, downs…but mostly UPS.  I have glimpses of how it was way back when, and all the hopes and dreams we shared.

But, here it is… the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast?  Yesterday is today, and tomorrow is, well….tomorrow.  I remember seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that my winter was so far off that I could not imagine, what it would be like.  But, here it is…my friends are tired, retired, getting grey…and moving slower, and I now see an older person.   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.

Now, I find, that just getting a shower, and deciding where to eat, are the big decisions for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat, but a requirement!  Cause…if I don’t on my own free will… I’ll just fall asleep where I sit!  Sunday sermon is the BEST sleep there is.  Now, as I enter into this new season of life, unprepared for all the aches and pains, and the loss of strength and ability to go and do…. all things that I wish I had done… but never did!  But, at least I know, that though “the winter” is gaining ground on me, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it will not be my LAST.

A new adventure awaits me… the one that I’ve been planning for, praying about, and looking forward to… throughout my past.  Yes… a few regrets…. things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, and many things I’m happy to have done.  A series of CHOICES… when complete…determine my FUTURE.  So, if you’re not in your winter yet…be reminded… it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you’d like to accomplish in this life …  do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!

This life is SHORT, and eternity is FOREVER.  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 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 God’s gift to you.” The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.  LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE who least expects it.  BE HAPPY!  REMEMBER:  “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.  “LIVE HAPPY IN THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR!  TAKE A MOMENT….. CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:  TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE SO – ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

~Your kids are becoming you… Going out is good…  Coming home is better!  Life is like a roll of toilet paper… endless supply in the beginning; a big shortage towards the END.  …You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you! …You accept you’re never going to be good at a lot of things, but hopefully good at a few.  …You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed.   It’s called “pre-sleep”.  …You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..  …You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what… when…where, and why?” …Now that you can afford the niceties of life, it’s not safe to have them. …You notice everything they sell in stores is “junior-size.” …What used to be freckles are now sun spots. …Everybody whispers. …You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear again. …But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!   It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter…. that is the LEGACY we leave behind.

NOTE: The Author of this is “unknown.”  So, I’ve taken the liberty of editing it a bit, to suit my purpose.  I am seizing this opportunity to “re-print” this article on the 75th anniversary of my birth; as it seemed fitting.  For me…. I choose to ignore “the Winter” as it approaches.  I feel like I might have, maybe, 20 years left….WHY not take advantage of it?  Why sit around waiting for “winter” to take hold. I feel like I’m about 40 years old, and “just getting started,” so…why not act like it?  Why not take on a “big project; why not get involved with “helping other people;” or offering my assistance to others?  About 18 months ago (at age 73), I started BrOOKS-of-WISDOM, which is a way of helping others… by providing positive direction to those wanting to reach their FULL career potential; family excellence; and spiritual maturity.   You see, AGE is a FRAME of MIND.  If I may, PLEASE, let me offer a few antidotes: EXERCISE daily (I do – 3-4 times daily); Don’t SMOKE; it’s never too late to stop.  NO alcoholMind your own business.  SMILE often. Pray, Pray, and PRAYLOVE God, Love your FAMILY, and LOVE your neighbor as yourself.

…Blessings… cjlb….11/16/14  

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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