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November 2, 2013

Looking Back: Focus on the positives to help overcome limitations

“It’s great to be young and energetic,” I was thinking out loud as I fondly watched several youngsters enjoying the bight sunny and still warm day. There they go scooting down the sidewalk on their skateboards. Remember when? Whoops … no skateboards “back when,” much less smooth cement sidewalks to zoom down.

Time doesn’t stand still, as some would like it to do … sometimes. And so, looking back on life and all that has been experienced, accomplished and perhaps just thought of as a “pipe dream,” I can wonder: Did I really do all that? How did I actually do it and did it have any positive impact, or maybe some things were just a whim to satisfy curiosity? I certainly hope that I did touch someone’s heart. 

First said is that I did have limitations, as many do, but perhaps aren’t recognized and coped with until later in life. But then too I have had many pluses. That, I guess, is the key (as I look back): “You gotta accentuate the positive … eliminate the negative … latch on to be affirmative…” (Remember the lyrics to that oldie?)

It’s true. By just doing that, a person can build up self-confidence to be successful in what he chooses to do. Rise up above the minuses and excel in the pluses.

All grown up, finally an adult, with all the know-how and “got-the-world-by-the-tail” attitude must have been this human’s shroud, as after graduating from high school then college, all that seemed to be the “piece de resistance” of a lifetime. Not so, for there was so much more to just living. Now I can truly appreciate that there is much, much more to learn and understand throughout each and every year (or day) of life. (I’ve been at it for a l-o-n-g time!).

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