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Monday, May 3, 2010

OLD FOLKS

People think old folks talk too much about the past, and not enough about the present and future.

Perhaps they are right, and maybe the oldies should enlighten this younger generation as to why they do that.

The past, in some ways deserves to be more important, and given consideration in conversations for several reasons.

One: the future is going to be shorter than the past, and have less impact on a life. That is unless you had a super dull existence without any experiences of any kind up until now.

Two: you have control over what you think about, unless you are an obsessive thinker. You can re-live the good, and the best times of your life, over and over again, and experience the joys of the events.

Three: it helps to avoid having to relearn lessons that you already learned in the past. It reminds you not to make the same mistakes again, and have to pay the penalties once more. Wisdom gained by experience can be experience lost, if not rehearsed occasionally.

Fourth: so far there is nothing illegal, improper, immoral, or demeaning in enjoying experiences of the past; as long as the actions discussed is fit and proper within the participating group.

Lastly the things you did today are now a part of the past.

The present: the present is limited in scope, for it is always in the now. What you are doing right now.

Anything that is later is not in the now, and belongs to the future.

The future: the future is or can be exciting. It’s a time of planning; perhaps a luncheon date, a dinner out, or a wedding rehearsal. It is the rest of your life just waiting to be lived. It is filled with uncertainty, but yet with hope. There are new things to enjoy, and disappointments to overcome, and only the prudent are able to live the future to its utmost.

Whether it is the past, present or future, it is all part of life and we should enjoy all of it. This is part of the reason the oldies like to relive the past, for to only enjoy the present, and future you miss too much.

Psalms 37:23-25 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

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