1. Denise, go check out that short gratitude video I linked to. It truly changed my life! It puts this all in perspective very quickly. Today is a gift and it’s the only one we have right now…

  2. My game plan is still the same as before I was 50….Plan ahead. Plan with a purpose. The difference is that now I allow for and welcome flexibility. And just because things don’t turn out like I planned, I’ve adapted to being satisfied with whatever I ended up doing instead.

  3. Great post, Laura Lee. As my grandfather would say: yesterday is a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note, but today is cold hard cash meant to be spent. Amen!

  4. So true. I don’t know about you but I was raised with the notion that worry is sort of like insurance against the bad stuff happening. If you worry enough then it keeps the boogeyman away. It doesn’t work, does it?

  5. Great post Laura Lee. When I was young I didn’t worry as much thinking my life was ahead of me for things to work out. Now I see my expiration date looming and know I better enjoy now and not wait for things to work out!

  6. Such a great and important piece. I have learned to do something about the things I can control, and give up worrying when I can’t control them. My favorite expression is, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

  7. Nancy/Nerthus

    Be here now… plan for success… don’t worry, be happy… don’t count your chickens… It is all so darn confusing, but I mainly try to be optimistic because even people with depression can think things will turn out okay. Smile and thank the cosmic organizing principle of your choice. 🙂

  8. I think most of the things we worry about never happen…it’s the unexpected explosions that really get to us. I try not to worry about things too much anymore – somehow it all has a way of (usually) working out.

  9. Thank you all for your lovely comments!
    Good point Haralee. Midlife is when most of us confront the old “expiration date” and stop waiting for “things to just work out.”
    This shift or crisis can help us move on to other things, or decide we are happy with these circumstances from here on out… An fascinating opportunity for us all.

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