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A beautiful face will age, and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul. Monik Heidi

Life is an adventure if we look at it that way, or it can be sad, lonely, and unhappy. Is the choice ours to make?

When we reach a goal we need a new one. I’m the Coordinator for our Toastmasters Speechcraft six-week series that gives people the opportunity to experience Toastmasters for a short period of time. Some people don’t have time in their life for a weekly commitment. Some people don’t want to commit to a yearly membership fee. It is a chance to have a Toastmasters experience and build some skills over a short period of time.

If you’ve never been a member of Toastmasters you will wonder how it could be fun, and for some, becomes one of the highlights of their week. It is hard to explain but being part of a group working on improvement is empowering, inspiring, and helps us to continue to improve. When we finish a project we move onto the next and this is what we must do in life.

We do move on. We never eat the same dinner twice. Change is happening every day even if we don’t acknowledge it. Last night my husband and I sat and watched a part of “My Six Hundred Pound Life” the woman wanting bariatric surgery didn’t know or didn’t acknowledge she had regained half (over fifty pounds) of the weight she had lost in her goal to be eligible for bariatric surgery. How do you not know if you’ve gained over fifty pounds? My husband and I got up and found something else to do.

The thing is we can lie to ourselves and we do it all the time. We tell ourselves it won’t matter if we skip our exercises, or we eat ice-cream instead of what we should eat. We’ll be okay if we don’t study, don’t practice the speech, don’t write today, or don’t make an effort with the ones we love.

Little things we do daily give us the life we have. It is a harsh truth but I believe successful people do things that make them successful and unsuccessful people do things that make them unsuccessful. Little things build on each other. We build our life with our habits and it isn’t big things, but little things that build on each other. Do you notice that the posture of older people is not like the posture of younger people except sometimes we see older people who have been vigilant about their posture and they appear more youthful?  Pulling in our stomachs and keeping our shoulders back is a habit.

Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through years and tears. Unknown

I remember the father of my daughter’s tutor. He was ramrod straight and looking at him I thought, there is a disciplined man. Sometimes we had good habits and we gave them up. We should instead keep all of our good habits and continue building on those good habits throughout our lives.

What do we want to learn, achieve, accomplish that we haven’t done yet? What virtues can we aspire to? What relationships can we nurture, heal, or develop? Who can we help, inspire, and mentor? Who can we find to mentor us? No matter how much time we spend we will never be the best we can be in every area of our life. This means we can grow and develop until we die.

Don’t we love it when we meet older people who still have a sparkle in their eyes? They are willing to try new things, meet new people, share their wisdom, and encourage others. They see potential instead of problems. They instruct and encourage instead of criticizing and demeaning. When I grow old I want to be one of those old people. It is easy to focus on what is wrong, but if we focus on the possibilities of what can be, what we can do, where we do have influence instead of the things beyond our power we can make a difference in our own and other people’s lives.

What habit should we develop? What incremental change would have a compounding effect on our life? Whatever we do will compound in one direction or the other. If two sisters start off at the same weight and one loses twenty pounds and the other gains twenty pounds they now have a forty-pound weight difference. If one continues to get fit and stay at a healthy weight and one continues to gain weight we can see the compound effect in their lives. It is also evident in the other choices we make. Smiling, happy people have a different look on their face as they age than unhappy people. If our life experience shows on our face, what face do we want to have in our old age?

The face you have at twenty-five is the face God gave you, but the face you have after fifty is the face you earned. Cindy Crawford

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Eleanor Roosevelt

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Ben Franklin

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