Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Big Deal--to Me

This weekend I will celebrate a big birthday.

Usually, birthdays just mark another year, but this one with a zero on the end is really plaguing me.

"I'm not that old, I say to myself."

But, alas, the calendar doesn't lie.  So, I have come up with another explanation. You know how dogs age seven years to our one?  Well, I think, I age two-thirds to one. 

That would make me 40, which feels about right.

By that scale, this year our pooch will pass me. :)

Joking aside, today I noticed my  knock-out roses which are on their second flowering.

They are actually prettier than the first bloom. That makes me feel better.

You know the old adage: "We are only as old as we feel"?  I think it has some truth to it.  So, I began making a list of attitudes, actions, and beliefs that contribute to a young outlook.  This is my list so far...
A cheerful heart

A thankful heart
A heart that throws anxieties onto God's much broader shoulders

A balanced life

 Moderation in all things  (credit: Thomas Stevens Arts)

And most importantly--and not in moderation...
Hope and...

What would you add to my list?


  1. Happy Birthday to YOU!! I am sure your family will make it very special!

    Becky K.

  2. Happy Birthday, Maurie. I'm not far behind you! We really are getting better! Have a great day.

  3. Marcia,
    Introspective thoughts that evoke emotions of adding a zero to your Birthdate! Your blog touched a deep place in my heart as I can identify...May God continue to bless you as you seek Him, acknowledge Him, in all your ways, knowing that He will guide your path for many more Birthdates to come! Sheri

  4. Again so glad to get to know you in GR, Michigan this summer. I am loving all of your posts and your love for the small yet so big things in life. Enjoy your Sunday! Meribeth www.justfollowtheword

  5. Oh happy birthday! I think that lots of fresh air and sunshine help me to feel younger ... and I've passed the 40. :)

    And I wish I lived on the other end of that covered bridge .. you sound like someone I'd love to have as a neighbor. :)