50 Today!

11th August 1958. My birth day. I sit here in the early light of dawn on my 50th birthday ~ thinking how blessed and fortunate I am to be alive. I can hear the soft chortle of the first magpies and see the sillouette of the mountain begin to appear outside my window. I can see the mist rising from the river as the light begins to spread. I thank God for my life every day, but especially this morning.

I have so much to be thankful for. 50 is a splendid age! I know what I want in life now, and I know how to have it. More importantly, I know what I don’t want in my life and I know how to avoid it. My health is not quite as robust as I’d like it to be at the moment ~ but that’s an easy trade off for the faith, confidence, happiness, contentment and peace of mind that I now experience.

I have crisp clear unpolluted air to breathe, I drink clean clear water with no chemicals in it, I eat wonderful fresh organically grown food and I bask in the love of a devoted and faithful husband. I have beautiful, healthy children and grandchildren who visit me when they can. I have a passion to paint. I have a deep abiding knowledge of how much God loves me. What more could I ask in life?

It wasn’t always so. I learned how to have peace by surviving turmoil, drama, violence and abuse….and forgiving. I learned how to be happy by being grateful and thankful for the good things in my life ~ and not focussing on the negatives. I have learned how to turn a negative into a positive. I have learned how to turn the hurt people can dish out into an opportunity for my character to grow in grace. I have learned how vital it is to keep short accounts and a loving, relationship with my God and Father in heaven.

So I look forward to this decade with excitement. I begin my Art degree next month. Dennis and I have new dreams which we are working toward together. I have only been up an hour ~ it’s daylight now and the mist is hovering over the mountains in a most beautiful manner ~ and already I love being fifty!

Thank you to all my bubble friends for your wonderful friendship and support. Without you I would not be as content as I am and I certainly would not be as progressed along my art journey. So thank you all and God bless you.

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