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Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. Arnold Bennet

We all love a little recognition. One of the things with a blog is they tell us where our readers come from, and average posts read per reader. One morning I had one reader that read 49 posts.

We start something we don’t know where it will go. I fantasize that something I’ve written helps someone because isn’t that what we all want, to be significant, and to matter.

Watching the children going back to school they have parents that matter. Someone helped them get ready for school, packed a lunch, walks them to school or sees them off at the door, is waiting for them when they get home, or picks them up. There is no more significant role in our lives than that of a parent. It can seem overwhelming in the midst of it, but it passes by fast.

Before you are ready you are waiting for grandchildren. Our lives pass in a blink and we each have our roles to play. How well we play those roles impacts the generations.

No matter what else we do raising a family seems like the most important thing. Every one of us is an unbroken line of people who have lived through the best and worst of times. They got through whatever they had to, and we are a testament to their tenacity, perseverance, and luck.

We are a thread in the tapestry of life. We don’t know if our thread will have many branches or not. In a thousand years, we may have generations that can be traced back to us, or our line may have fizzled out. We don’t know what the future holds, we only have today.

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. Benjamin Franklin

Each day is ours, we aren’t promised more. What we do with our day will determine our life. Twenty-four golden hours, some of which we must sleep is ours to spend. Are we kind, compassionate, encouraging, inspirational, dependable, and loving? Are we doing the best we can even if we’d like to do better? Is someone’s life better because we are in it? Do we let people know that our lives are better because of them?

Little joys, little problems, little accomplishments, little things end up to be the big things in life. The big things are comprised of little things. Weddings aren’t one big thing, they are a bunch of little things that come together to create a wonderful event. Marriages aren’t one big thing; they are all the little things adding up to something. The special moments, the hard decisions, the disappointments, overcoming hardships, accepting challenges, and getting through today to get to tomorrow. Sometimes that is all we can do, is get through today. If we get through enough today’s it adds up to a long marriage that got through the highs and lows of life.

No one just gets the good parts of life. No one just gets the sweet without the bitter, the easy without the hard, the joy without some sorrow, opportunities without challenges, gains without losses, and laughter without tears. We may think it would be better if we did but it probably wouldn’t be. No contrast in our lives, no up and no downs, no highs and lows, just bland sameness all the days of our life. How boring would that be?

I listen to people talk about retirement. They want to relax and do nothing. Sounds great for about a week, then what? Don’t we always need one more mountain to climb? In retirement one of the joys may be that we get to choose the mountains instead of feeling we had to do what we had to do.

What do we have to learn, acknowledge, experience, give, develop, accept, and understand? Where do we need to grow? Are we getting better or bitter with the years? Do we criticize or uplift others? Is there something we could focus on that would make our life better for ourselves and others?

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. Georg C. Lichtenberg

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