Thursday, January 30, 2014

Keeping Up With A 90 Year Old Wonder

Several years ago I had the privilege of sitting next to a very enchanting lady I call Wondrous. We were at a breakfast that was, in part, honoring her husband for work he had completed some 50 years before. She and I had the best conversation over eggs and bacon. She was so lively and entertaining...and I delighted in every minute of our visit.

As we finished up our delicious meal, her face lit up as she dug into her purse.  Much to my surprise, Wondrous pulled out a brand new iPhone. With a giggle in her voice, she announced to me that she had recently purchased this amazing new smartphone. She was super excited because it could do all kinds of extraordinary things and one of the best features was a built in camera!

Then Wondrous jumped up from the table with a sparkle in her eyes as she headed off to take some pictures. I have to admit, I sat there a bit wide eyed and speechless as I watched this 90 year old fireball nearly skip across the room. It was then and there I decided when I grew up...I wanted to be just like her!

Wondrous does not let her age stop her from embracing new ideas and new technology. She most certainly does not let her number of years on this earth get in her way of experiencing life to the fullest. That breakfast was nearly three years ago and I doubt I will ever forget how inspirational she was and how much meeting her changed me.

When I think of all of the changes in technology that Wondrous has had the opportunity to embrace in her lifetime, it really is quite remarkable. She probably remembers when her family installed their first telephone in their home. She has watched cameras shrink to a minuscule size and yet grow immensely in ability over the years. It wouldn't be until her adult years that she would have the opportunity to purchase her first home computer and now as she strolls through her "twilight years" she can carry a tiny little version of a phone/camera/computer in her pocket!

Funny thing is I don't think Wondrous knows she is in her "twilight years" and I really don't think she strolls through anything! 90 years of age, she bought a smartphone and learned how to use it. She doesn't let life move on without her and I don't want to do that either!

So her honor...I added another Fresh New Start to my life. I set up a Twitter account. I know...Twitter has been around for quite a while, but honestly it's something I didn't really "get" and I had little interest in finding out about it.

But then yesterday morning I was reminded of the day I had the pleasure of meeting that fascinating and ageless 90 year old Wonder and I decided to check Twitter out...figure it out...and see if it's something that delights me. If it doesn't...I can always delete my account, but if it does...then I don't want to miss out on the fun.

As I wrap up Celebrating Fresh Starts this month, I look back on the new ideas I have added to my life and I feel good about how I have kicked off 2014. I hope you do too. I hope this month has been a great new Fresh Start for you.

And chance...2014 has not gotten off to a Fresh New Start...then don't despair. The beauty of a Fresh Start is that you can make changes, start over, or add something new whenever you are ready. Maybe for you it will be next month...or next spring...or even next semester.

So for me, January was the month this year that I celebrated Fresh Starts and wrote about them on this blog, but just because I will have something new to celebrate next month, doesn't mean I won't continue to work on the Fresh Starts that I began this month. Nor does it mean that I won't add any new Fresh Starts to my life for the next 11 months. As a matter of fact, I hope each month brings something new and exciting to add to my life.

Just like my darling friend Wondrous, I encourage you to embrace opportunities to add Fresh Starts to your life this year. Don't let life move on without you!

And you know, God gives us the very best Fresh Start we could ever ask for by offering us salvation through his precious son, Jesus Christ. I came across these verses in Psalms just the other day. It's part of a song that David wrote and sang to God after being saved from all of his enemies.

Psalm 18:20-21:
God made my life complete
    when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
    he gave me a fresh start.
Now I’m alert to God’s ways;
    I don’t take God for granted.*

Don't you just love those words?
God gave me a Fresh Start and I do not want to take that or God for granted.

*My Kings James Bible version loving Hubby would like me to point out that today's scripture is posted in The Message Bible version. Here's the King James version of Psalm 18:20-21:
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; 
according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

P.P.S. You can follow me on Twitter @myrosieoutlook

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