Tomorrow is Ashes

“Yesterday was wood; tomorrow is ashes. Only today does the fire burn brightly.”                 -Eskimo Proverb

Often people speak only about the downside to aging. I do see that I have more wrinkles and gray hairs; it is more difficult to lose weight, and I feel more aches and pains, but what about the upside? Are there any positives to getting older? I notice that getting older has enabled me to worry less.

Burn bright today

Burn bright today

As time goes on, I worry less about what others think about me. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to be liked and thought of as a kind person, but I don’t give other people as much power as I did when I was younger. I may be initially hurt over a comment or criticism, but I can look at it, and decide if their belief about me is really true.

I have also recognized that I don’t need to do everything right. If I make a mistake, I can look at it as a lesson to be learned or even tell myself that maybe that is how it was supposed to turn out. I want to try my best, but I no longer expect myself to be perfect. If I can’t see a lesson in it, then maybe I can find the humor of it.

Another positive part of aging is that I have learned to enjoy the moment. I can dream and work toward a goal, but then trust that what is meant to be will be. I acknowledge that I cannot be perfect or control what others think about me, but I do realize that I can determine how I live, how I respond to life. The past is done, and the future is determined by today, so I try to live in this day.

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.

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