October 13

Reflection

Life is a thing of many stages and moving parts.  What we do with ease at one time of life we can barely manage at another.  What we could not fathom doing when we were young, we find great joy in when we are old.  Like the seasons through which we move, life itself is a never–ending series of harvests, a different fruit for every time.  The skill of life, of course, lies in harvesting well, and harvesting always, in taking the best that life has to give at any stage, in being patient with ourselves along the way.  Every period has something new to teach us.  The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

God will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8  

Action

Savor whatever stage of life you are in.  Be patient and absorb what you experience.

Suggested Reading

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart.
Proverbs 27:19

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
Pope Paul VI

We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find ourselves without experience, despite our years.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

You’re definitely a different person at different stages in your life.
Ben Harper

Fame and fortune can elude us, but character is immortal. We must encounter a sufficient variety of experiences including both failures and accomplishments in order to gain nobility of character.
Kilroy J. Oldster

There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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