Thought For The Day 09/17/12

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Time Waits For No Man!

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Landon Hilliard with his Poppop, Harold Pierce

Photo taken at the Charleston Scottish Games

09/15/12

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Where did the time go?  Yesterday, I was a girl, and today, I suddenly find myself in the autumn of my years with the cold winds of winter breathing down my neck. 

Peggy Toney Horton

http://www.quotegarden.com/age.html

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I woke up yesterday morning and when every fiber of my being was telling me to turn on my side and push myself to a sitting position with an ultimate goal of standing up, I found that I could not budge, no matter how hard I tried. I gave it another 5 minutes, and tried again, and once more, without success. I finally had to give a holler to my hubby to come in and give me a hand. He obliged, laughing the entire time, gleefully reminding me that he had no such difficulty despite the 4 year age difference. (That is an inside joke that lasts from my birthday every year and continues for the next 3 months until his yearly revolution around the sun is complete, and a 5 years span separates us once again.) Anyway, this all lead me to the ugly realization that I am, in fact, getting closer to my very own, personal, meet and greet with Father Time. Yes, I knew it was approaching.  I see the truth of it every time I look in the mirror. And as much as I have the Mandy who was once 18 forever captured in my head, the face I see in front of my eyes just does not match the one that resides in my head. My joints are creaky, and my skin baggy, and I seem destined to view the inside of my eyelids in the shank of the evening. Can there be an upside to wrinkles and grey hair and hot flashes?

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According to experts, the answer is YES! Our memories become more acute as are the stories we have to share with others. This might explain the fact that I am writing these words as part of my 547th blog posting and, except for a couple I borrowed from a friend when I was recovering from surgery, they have all been my very own thoughts, dreams, hopes, wishes, prayers and counsel, all captured in print for you to share every day! Experts also agree that our language skills do not just remain acute, but in fact, they improve, as we age! And of course, although we lack the agility and quickness that we had when we were younger, one thing we excel at is strategic planning, and a sensitivity to the needs of the people around us, both in our inner as well as outer circle of friends. Aging also seems to bequeath to us the gift of patience.  We are most certainly less rash and much more disciplined in our approach to doing all that we do! And something else I am finding to be true these days is that we do not just have the time but we also have the desire to cultivate a much broader network of friends that share the things that interest us. Just as these interests are very different from the interests we had as younger people, so are todays friends equally different and sometimes the friendships that proved so very important to us once upon a time, change as well, sometimes becoming less important.

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One area that I have not yet touched on and yet it remains one that aging touches rather gingerly, in fact, is our faith. Just as aging affects the spirit of the person we are, so it also affect our spirituality. I am a spiritual person. That means that I hold that my faith is the cement that supports the rest of the things that define who I am, such as my heart, and my compassion and my connection to the others in my life. But just as I see life through different eyes as I draw nearer to 60, so is the spirit that I carry within, seeing the world just a bit differently. I think that is one thing that may have led me to this spiritual re-awakening not so very long ago, and is, perhaps, the biggest thing that drives me in all that I try to accomplish with my life these days. I am not unusual in this regard. We often go through a dramatic spiritual transformation later in life because of the very things I described earlier as being the up-sides of growing older. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase a “wisdom of the ages…”? In essence, it is the accumulated life experiences that serve to alter our perception of the things that we learn or read as part of our religious experiences. It is also the thing that has led me in a nontraditional direction for worshipping and sharing my faith with others these days. My shared congregation is one that is to be found through social media and while there are many out there who have a difficult time understanding the nature of what I do and the means by which I do it, nevertheless, it works for all of those who look to me for faith-based supportive care and nurture. It provides a practical solution for so many for whom physical obstacles or life obstacles serve to prevent them from worshipping in the traditional brick and mortar building every Sunday. As a result, I have an amazing group of new friends today who hail from the four corners of the earth, and as we join together, I am discovering that they gift me with far more in return, than I give to them! Perhaps this growing older stuff really isn’t so bad!

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28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Acts 20:28

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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