Sunday, February 22, 2015


Sunday Reflection: 52

Yesterday was my sixth birthday ending in a "2": 2, 12, 22, 32, 42, and (now) 52.  I have spent them in six different places, too-- the first in Detroit, the second in Grosse Pointe Shores, the third in Williamsburg, the fourth in Grosse Pointe City, the fifth in Waco, and the sixth here in Edina.  

Of them all, this is my favorite age to be.  Here is why:

-- most importantly, at this age you kind of know how things turn out.  There isn't anxiety about what you will do when you grow up.

-- yet, you aren't done yet.  There is more to accomplish and learn and see.  

-- a classmate wrote something today that struck me, about our upcoming law school reunion: " the competitive aspects have long dropped out and people will have reverted back to the fun people you knew in school ..."  I think that is true.

-- for most of us, our bodies are still in pretty good shape, but we have learned their limits.  I know when the last ski run should be.

--at this point in life, you know your strengths and weaknesses.  That lets you know when to lead and when to follow, and there is a time for both.

-- over time, faith life matures; joy and tragedy convince you of how much you don't know, and that is a gift.

I sincerely hope at 62 you will say that is the best age, even better than 52. Belated happy birthday and many more.
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