Last night I had a dream. It was a long one, and rounded several corners . . . but they all directed me to one powerful message.
In my dad's final years, doctors, physical therapists and family alike encouraged him to do what he could do -- limited though they were -- assuring him that whatever he did would be beneficial to him as the days went on.
Simply stated -- if he didn't use it, he'd lose it.
It was very discouraging and frustrating for us to watch dad (in his stubborn-ness??) not do the things he should that would help him, yet continue to take risks by doing things he should NOT.
For example, he refused to do simple light weight-bearing exercises, leg lifts, etc.; yet he would attempt to negotiate the hazardous steps (while no one was watching) . . . often with painful results.
In my dream last night, the message I got was clear and pointed . . . in my own way, I have been doing the very same thing.
There are things that I could have been doing all along that would have been beneficial to me as my days go on.
I can remember being in my 20's, thinking . . . when I turn 30, I'll start doing this or that.
And suddenly, it's today.
And in a few weeks, I will be 64 years old (and don't think for a second that i think I'm ready for pasture!!!)
There are things that I could be doing now that I have not been doing.
And I'm thankful that my dream reminded me of that! And that it's not too late.
I still have today.
And I want to make the best of it.
Because I REALLY want the rest of my life to be the best of my life!