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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 
Part 2: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO
OLD
(the Winter season of my life)
 
 
 
Summer in a fawn's life ...
birth,
discovery,
spending time in gardens,
gleaning nourishment to grow and be strong and healthy,
 accompanied by siblings,
 and parents,teaching, encouraging, leading
 
........ and destroying like ravenous locust
all that is planted, colorful, green and growing....
but wait, that's another story!
 
Springtime ..... birth, new life, vigor, awareness
Summer..... discovery, growth, strengthening, bonding
Fall ..... wisdom, regrets, satisfaction, encouraging insights
Winter .... recollections and memories, acceptance or despair
 
The seasons of all creature's lives.
 
 
Personal Life-Experience Model in the Seasons of my life:  
 
Spring
 Parents
" ..... male and female, He created them....." Genesis, the Bible
 
together following well worn paths labeled:  
 dedication
choices
mistakes
bonding
trust
companionship
difficult choices
sadness
joy
satisfaction
encouragement
rejection
separation
forgiveness
peace ..... contentment
approaching the Fall of life together
(remember, this is MY model... other's will be different)
 
 
A strong
brave
vigorous
proud
male
who may  follow- at times -
the female's
instinctive sense of caution
in preservation of the species.
 
 
Summer and Spring of life
brings strength and vigor,
vitality
preservation of the species
through offspring ......
companionship and solidarity if no offspring.
 
Fall preparing for Winter
The shedding of Fall leaves after fruitful harvest,
the stripping away of fruit, preserved in jars on shelves in pantries,
stored fruits of labor.
Settling in for a season of rest
while partaking of the fruits of that labor. 
 
Scurry of activity to prepare for a long cold Winter,
(the Ant stored up much ... not so the Grassphopper)
Storing garden tools - once important, but this season unneeded -
 to have at your touch when needed ...... such as the snow shovel.
 Protect the fragile new life to come by covering with bark and straw,
(as we  do our children..... our gardens ......for they hold the  promise of
 blooms and fruit to come.)  
 
 
 
 
......... mulch, enrich, and protect
against the elements ......
 that which would seek and destroy
what is not prepared.
 
Winter
 
 
After a season of wise Fall preparation,
CAUTION is needed as we approach Winter ,,,,
 never having experienced what is
 lurking
in the
windows of other creature's lives...
 
The chill of  Winter
 
 
 The dormant  .... hibernating season of rest: 
 
Slow, sometimes painful steps trod along these barren paths;
strength .... warmth ..... encouragement ,,, companionship
often wanes from others who are engaged elsewhere.
  Unexpected health challenges disrupt plans,
 advise from loved ones often go unheeded;
the shroud of fog and chilling snow 
enclose and chill ... seemingly frozen in time.
 Small bursts of sunshine,
in a heart filled with memories,
warm and melt, making Winter paths easier to follow.
Set-in-our-way comfortable paths, known and trusted, and once followed 
assure us we can go on.
 
The shroud of Fall
and chilling barrenness of Winter
moves us away from Spring and Summer
that once provided
invigorating life challenges.
 
 
 
Life becomes more challenging in the Winter of our lives....
nourishment
shelter
injury
health
discouragement
frigid elements
companionship
faith
separation
from loved ones
whose paths have lead them elsewhere.
 
 Encouraging elements of the Winter season in our lives:
Memories 
 Loved ones
Faith
Wisdom
Grace and resolve to follow this season's paths
to wherever it leads.
 
Your child whispering in your ear,
"You showed us how to live,
but Dad showed us how to die."
 
Now... I have a favorite saying:
"I'm OLD
but not
OLD, OLD!"
 
And when
old, old
is the
culmination of the seasons of my life
I'll unhesitatingly walk down that path
to meet Jesus .......
and the one
who accompanied me 
through the other seasons of my life.

Original drawing by Monica Lawson not to be copied or used without her permission   10/20/14
 
 
In a twinkling of an eye it fades and grows dim
but is never lost......
because love never ends
and memories live on .....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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