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Turning 50 and getting ready for the rest of my life

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Here is a poem that says a lot about where I am today after turning 50 years old yesterday:

By Boyd K. Packer

I had a thought the other night,
A thought profound and deep.
It came when I was too worn down,
Too tired to go to sleep.

Id had a very busy day
And pondered on my fate.
The thought was this:
When I was young, I wasnt 68! [He is now 88 years old]

I could walk without a limp;
I had no shoulder pain.
I could read a line through twice
And quote it back again.

I could work for endless hours
And hardly stop to breathe.
And things that now I cannot do
I mastered then with ease.

If I could now turn back the years,
If that were mine to choose,
I would not barter age for youth,
Id have too much to lose.

I am quite content to move ahead,
To yield my youth, however grand.
The thing Id lose if I went back
Is what I understand.

I take a nap now and again,
But priesthood power remains.
For all the physical things I lack
There are great spiritual gains.

I now can say with all certainty
That I know and love the Lord.
I can testify with them of old
As I preach His holy word.

I know what He felt in Gethsemane
Is too much to comprehend.
I know He did it all for us;
We have no greater Friend.

I know that He will come anew
With power and in glory.
I know I will see Him once again
At the end of my lifes story.

Ill kneel before His wounded feet;
Ill feel His Spirit glow.
My whispering, quivering voice will say,
My Lord, my God, I know.

The 5th and 6th stanzas define me today. Life is hard for everyone, in one way or another, and I would not go back, even if given the opportunity, and give away what I have gained from my life, problems and all. I also know that some who will read this blog are not Christian so I would say - hang onto and build up your spiritual life, however you define it - so life can be accepted and lived more peacefully, whatever comes.

Love, Chelsea emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OPALMOON 11/7/2013 3:05AM

    I know it's a long time ago (I was well and truly "off the grid" at the time) and I just realised you blogged about your 50th birthday via Shari's I am sending best wishes to you that you enjoy many more treasured birthdays, Chelsea. Hugs, Nattacia


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KATWELL88 4/15/2013 10:34PM

    Nice peom ....
Starting a new chapter in your life?? is good reminder for ME and others to Forge Forward with new goals!! I'm working on not dwelling on the past so much.

These last few years has been better more on the sunshiny side " here comes the sun" times, despite the challenges of life. You lift ME up with supportive comments and I thank you for that. emoticon

Gaining wisdom and supportive friends along the way is best part of being semi older with youthful fun way of life ( me 40 something and you just turned 50) unless there are more wisdom I missed yet?? emoticon

I can't wait to see what lessons you and I learn along the way... Here to 50 more girlfriend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon know you love sweets ( where the OREO cookies??? ) emoticon
Your amingo Dolly emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 4/15/2013 10:10PM

    Oh...I'm so sorry I missed your birthday...happy happy and the thought is just as sincere even if it's a little tardy.

Yes we ALL seem to have our challenges..but the BEST part is that we are able to share them and hopefully learn from them and tell about them so we can help each other along the way. emoticon

I also think that more challenged you are throughout your life the more compassionate and WHOLE you become. The more WHOLE and compassionate you are is essentially the whole reason we are here in the first place.

I'm glad I was raised in a very religious home. Even though it may have been a bit of an overdose and I pulled away from it a little as I created my own family. My faith has ALWAYS sustained me in challenging events. I KNOW with all my heart that there is a bigger and loving presence and that God is LOVE...pure and simple.

Hugs to you my dear friend...and here's to 50 more! emoticon emoticon emoticon You've learned SO much and have so much wisdom and compassion to share! I'm proud to be amongst your friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations, Chelsea! What a beautiful reflection on your life thus far. May you have much happiness and joy in your next 50! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/12/2013 4:12PM


So sorry that I missed it Chelsea, I hope you had a GREAT birthday!

Love the poem.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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CATHEMARIE 4/11/2013 10:20PM

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ANYVAR54 4/11/2013 9:52PM

    I love the picture at the end. 50 is not the end of your life. It is just beginning.

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PEPPYPATTI 4/11/2013 5:37PM

    What a beautiful poem! Hope you birthday was a great one! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 4/11/2013 3:47PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 4/11/2013 12:02PM

    Thank you for sharing the poem. I will turn 40 this year and it is such a blessing to look back and see all the ways God has worked in my life.


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CHESAKAT41 4/11/2013 10:35AM

    This is beautiful Poetry Chelsea - I understand how the 5th and 6th Stanza defines you - me too! I wouldn't go back either, but 40 was great as I began to discover me. 60 I discovered me. 70's I don't know, I am starting to feel the age, but that might be because I live in a Senior Complex and most people here are 85+. Ya know? But anyway, I love your posting and again wish you a glorious Happy Birthday and beautiful years ahead!!!
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GCHUNG 4/11/2013 10:24AM

    Happy belated birthday. I love being in my 50s. I may be a bit slower and not remember everything I did previously but what I've gained I would never give up.

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LADYCALICO 4/11/2013 9:31AM

    Life gets even better in your 60's. Retirement is grand!

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 4/11/2013 9:15AM

    That is a very nice poem there Chelsea, one that makes you ponder what you have and want to do with your life... My mother was brought up in a orphanage in the 1930's so religion was a big part of my life, my oldest sister husband's brother was a pentacoastal preacher and i would stay with them in summers i was growing up. (she had her first child when i was 5) so she was like a second mother more than a sister. but what i didnt learn about religion from my mother I learned from her...Both of them have passed now but as long as those that have passed are in our hearts they are not gone.....again nice words of wisdom... emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 4/11/2013 9:07AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA! That was a wonderful poem and, even though I'm only 28 and 4 and 1/2 years in the Lord, I wouldn't go back either! I almost cried when I read this! Wonderful my friend, just wonderful!

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GAILANN48 4/11/2013 9:05AM

    It just gets better, if you let it! And the depth of your reflection on the subject certainly indicates that you're doing exactly that. :) Again, the HAPPIEST of birthdays, my friend. It's YOUR year!

emoticon :) Gail

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SHESMITH1 4/11/2013 8:19AM

    First, Happy Birthday!

Second, thank you for sharing this poem. I've learned (in my greater than 50 yrs) that I can have no regrets of the past or wishes for turning back to do things differently. All of the parts of my past have created the whole that exists today. To change an element of yesterday would mean today would be different - and I very much like today.

Third, may you be blessed with many more healthy "spark"ly years!!!!!

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COFFEEMUG2009 4/11/2013 8:04AM

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MARYJOANNA 4/11/2013 8:03AM

  Did you know that 50 is the new 30? How about that?

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WELLNESSME09 4/11/2013 7:54AM

    Great poem!
Thanks for sharing.

emoticon may you enjoy many more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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