“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16

I find it so interesting how topics of one’s thoughts and conversation evolve as we grow older. In our youth we energetically contemplated our future. What school should I attend? Will I meet someone to love? Where will I live? The possibilities seemed endless and sometimes overwhelming.

For those old enough, you can probably almost hear The Birds musical group singing these profound words in their song Turn! Turn! Turn! As we grow older, these words provide both reflections of meaningful memories and curiosity for the future. Predictions of our youth have now come to be and beyond.

Now in the age of retired life, we tend to have thoughts and conversations that are more reflective. It’s natural to spend considerable time looking back at valued accomplishments and/or nagging regrets. Certainly the topics of health and well-being dominate our conversations and hopefully, joy and thankfulness for the opportunities we have been given.

The fact is, no one lives into their retired years without some regrets and age-related health issues. It’s part of the deal. What we can do, however, is refresh our spirit. Be grateful for the blessings we have been given, and seek to raise up the spirits of others.

There is a time for everything. From Trisha and me, have a very blessed New Year!

Written by : John Parker

Coming Soon: The Secret of Student Success Workbook and on-line training sessions. Dr. John Parker is a best selling study skills author and trainer. Throughout his career he has developed and conducted numerous study skills programs for a variety of universities and professional organizations. The focus of Dr. Parker's study skills training program is to help students gain confidence and develop personal motivation. Specifically, his students learn to listen effectively and take useful class notes, research and write outstanding term papers, study for an excel on different types of exams, strategically communicate with instructors, and learn proven time-saving study strategies and shortcuts.

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