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Having recently celebrated another birthday I thought I would go and see what I have in my collections in regards to getting older.  And these are a few of the quotes that I came up with.

For some of us, age has a way of creeping up on us; and this first quote would seem to indicate the way age can come upon some of us.


“Time has laid his hand upon my heart, gently not smiting it; but as a Harper lays his open palm upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.”

Henry W Longfellow

The next one I have found is in point form and has some funny but true points.  I have had it in my collection for a long time now. And is titled –

You Know You Are Getting Old When . . .

Everything hurts, . . . And what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

The gleam in your eye is the sun on your bifocals .

You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere!

Your little black book only has names ending in M.D.

You get winded playing cards

You join a health club, but don’t go.

Your children begin to look middle age.

A dripping tap causes an uncontrollable urge.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions!

You look forward to a dull evening.

You need glasses to find your glasses

You turn out the light for economy, instead of romance.

You sit in a rocking chair, but can’t make it go.

Your knee’s buckle, but your belt won’t!

Your back goes out more times than you do.

You put your Bra on back to front, and it fits better.

Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is not big enough

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there!

Your birthday cake sinks under the weight of the candles.

And when the candles are lit, the fire brigade comes

I hope you had a bit of a laugh at some of the points made in this quote, I know I did.  And some of them I can relate to. . . Can you?

While not directly relating to ageing these next couple of quotes remind us that there is a purpose to how we live our lives and the way we look at our lives. First is one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking at this quote it reminds me that my life is not the focus of my life.  It what happens along the way.  The experiences I have and how my life impacts on others that is what should be important to each of us.  Perhaps that is why I like our next and final quote for today.  From Thomas S Monson we have this –

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us.  To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

Decisions not only effect our destinies, they can effect how we enjoy our lives and how we impact those around us. Whether it be a positive impact or a negative one, it is our choice.

But that’s enough from me for now. So I will bid all adieu for now. Till next time.

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The Journey

In and around our home we have a number of Quotes hanging on the walls of our home. Today I would like to talk about one of them. It is quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To many people life is a time to get whatever they can in terms of worldly possessions or position or they may think that this life is all that there is. But my experience teaches me otherwise. I tend to agree with the above quote. And it reminds me of others that I am familiar with. For example –

“We are the sum of our experiences.”

Each and every day we have experiences that may change our opinions, give us knowledge, or affect us physically or emotionally. Today we are not the person we were yesterday, because of the experiences we have had, good or bad, each of those experiences has an effect on us, one way or the other.
How we approach each day/experience also has a lot to do with making us the person that we are. For example –

“Be not only good for yourself, but the cause of goodness in others.”

We need to remember that even though we are having these experiences and are becoming the person that we are. Our attitudes and behaviour also have an effect on those around us. Never think that your life or opinions don’t matter, because they do.
Each of us has an effect on those around us, just as they have an effect on us. This brings me to a quote from Richard L Evans.


“From the earliest years of youth, the record doesn’t matter very much; the school record; the work record; the moral record; the record of all our conduct and acts and utterances and attitudes. People constantly classify us; our own acquaintances classify us from the earliest age of remembrances. They know whether or not we are clean and honest or otherwise, willing or lazy, dependable or undependable – they remember. Those who haven’t known us refer to the record when they have reason to, to see if we have the essentials for any trust or office or opportunity.”

Richard L Evans


Lastly I have two more quotes for you. So remember –


“What you despise reveals the true nature of your character. It is better to tell the truth than to hide in half-truths and lies.”


So how do you want to be remembered? As a cause for goodness in others? Or otherwise? Lastly a quote from Tiek. While I think the second half has more bearing on what I have been saying, I think the first part also has a bearing on what we have been discussing today.


“Measure not life by the hopes and enjoyments of this world; but by the preparation it makes for another; looking forward to what you shall be rather than backward to what you have been. He is not dead who departs this life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead; even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.”



So think about it folks. And have fun; until next time.

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