Writer’s bloc: The tranquility of age

When we’re young we are critical of everything around us. We are biased and find fault in all the people and things around us. The reason this happens is we haven’t the wisdom gained through living through the experience of life.

The Serenity Prayer says: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” The older one gets the more that saying becomes significant in your life. You can be an optimist and be thankful for the good things that happened or become a pessimist and only dwell on the bad things.

I no longer get angry at myself when it takes me a week to accomplish what I used to do in a day. I have to be grateful for the fact that my mind is still clear and I can function to do those things. I look back and see people a lot younger than I who cannot. In my youth my wife said I was a pessimist. I think I’ve changed because I have been given the good fortune to live to look back and see the change in my attitude toward things that used to really irritate me.

The thing that bothers me most about my younger self was being judgmental about people and the things they did. I suppose over the years I learned tolerance.

I have been given the gift of witnessing several miracles in my lifetime and if there is anything I should be angry at myself for is that at the time they happened I wasn’t aware they were miracles. I thought they were a natural phenomenon of life.

I’m talking about the birth of my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren.

On a weekend in Amish country in Pennsylvania. My wife and I went into a tourist shop where I saw a small plaque for sale. It read: “Too Soon Oldt Too Late Shmart.” I would say that fits me to a tee.

Writers’ Bloc appears in the Monroe Courier to present the work of the members of the Writers’ Workshop conducted monthly at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and open to all aspiring wordsmiths.

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