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Life Begins Each Morning “Whether one is twenty, forty, sixty, or eighty; whether one has succeeded, failed or just muddled along—life begins each morning! The greatest fact in life is that it is never too late to start again. However discouraging your days may have been, keep this thought burning brightly in your mind: life begins each morning!� —L.M. Hodges


n this ever-changing world there are only a few things I feel certain of. First, the only thing constant is change, so learning to adapt quickly is essential. Second, it’s not what happens to us but what we do with what happens to us that matters most. Third, whether we’re making the most of our time or not, our clocks will continue ticking away the seconds, minutes, and hours of our lives without missing a beat. We all have dreams about the way our life will be, what we hope to accomplish and what our ideal life looks like. But very often we find ourselves in circumstances that shatter our perfect plans. Perhaps you develop a chronic health condition that prevents you from doing the work you love, or suffer the loss of a spouse, family member, or friend. Maybe the company you’ve given your heart and soul to for over 30 years takes a sudden downturn and your retirement savings vanish. The challenges we face may be very different, but we do share the similar need to accept and overcome them in order to move forward. Often we end up convinced it is too late for us to recover from our personal or professional setbacks. We may sink into despair, or give up altogether, convinced we have nothing meaningful left to contribute. Believing this lie depletes our precious energy, leaving us powerless to take action in the present moment. We give our power away without realizing it by focusing on past regrets or future concerns, spurring self-doubt, fear and confusion. Instead of saying, “It’s too late for me,â€? I’d like to suggest a new perspective that offers renewed hope that no matter what you’re facing, you can still fulfill your purpose and create a legacy you can be proud of ‌ one full of love, joy and service. Right now you may be asking, “How does she know for sure it’s not too late for me?â€? Because I believe author Richard Bach was right when he wrote, “Here’s a test to see if your mission here is complete: If you’re alive, it isn’t.â€? So if you’re reading this, that means you still have work to do and the clock is still ticking. Just take a look back in history at what these amazing seniors accomplished: Did you know that at the age of 65, Harlan Sanders used his first $150 Social Security check to start the now famous Kentucky Fried Chicken? Or that Ben Franklin invented bifocals BU BHF 5IFO UIFSFäT .JDIFMBOHFMP XIP EJEOäU FWFO CFHJO



his work on St Peter’s Basilica until he was 72. Oh, and we can’t forget Grandma Moses, who sold her first painting after her 90th birthday! The Chinese sum it up well: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. But the second best time is today.â€? Remember, you are here to make a difference only you can make. And since the clock is still ticking, what about starting today? $ISJTUJOB ,VOLMF 3/ BOE $5" $FSUJGJFE -JGF BOE 8FMMOFTT $PBDI JT GPVOEFS PG 4ZOFSHZ -JGF BOE 8FMMOFTT $PBDIJOH --$ DSFBUPS PG UIF Ăœ4ZOFSHZ 4VDDFTT $JSDMFĂ? BOE Ăœ40"3 Ă? B )FBSU $FOUFSFE -FBEFSTIJQ %FWFMPQNFOU 1SPHSBN 4IF IFMQT CVTZ XPNFO QSFWFOU CVSOPVU CZ QSPNPUJOH CPVODF CBDL SFTJMJFODF UP TUBZ GPDVTFE QPTJUJWF BOE FYDJUFE BCPVU UIF DIBMMFOHFT PG XPSL BOE MJGF 5P MFBSO NPSF WJTJU IFS XFCTJUF BU XXX TZOFSHZMJGFBOEXFMMOFTTDPBDIJOH DPN PS DBMM

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