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Reality Check


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I was talking with a friend the other day about how differently our lives turned out from what we anticipated when we were graduating from high school.  Some of us had grandiose dreams of how we were going to save the world while others were struggling to come to deal with dark realities that we knew nothing about; some were gorgeous, thin and fashionable, while some of us were ordinary and not so thin.  Some were headed for college with all expenses paid by parents and a new car to boot, while others joined the military or searched for jobs with wages good enough to be able to help out mom and dad at home.

It turns out that time is the great equalizer, and as we review our lives from forty years down the road we discover that some of those who seemed to have it all didn't fare as well in the long term, while some of those quiet ones we hardly knew went on to live in wonderful places and do amazing things.  Some of the strong ones have been laid low with cancer or other maladies, and some of the not so strong developed strength and courage far beyond what we might have expected.

In the final analysis then, life is the sum of what happens to us along the way, and how we deal with what we are given... it doesn't matter if your cup is half-empty or half-full, be grateful that you have a cup.
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I'm joining the incredible Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "CHECK"
Come and share a story with us!

22 comments:

  1. Clever use of the prompt. And a great quote!

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! That is one of my favorite quotes! :-)

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  2. I think what we put in our cup has an impact on us, too. How we choose to live and the choices we make affect our journey. We need to remember that.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Annie! We are responsible for refilling our cup with good things and good choices!

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  3. I love this. There is so much truth to it. I skipped my 10 year but I have my 20 year reunion coming up soon. I must say I'm curious to see if everyone turned out the way I expected, or if I turned out the way others expected. I was one of those "quiet ones" you wrote about :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! I am amazed at where life has taken the people from my class, and also that we all feel much closer to each other now that we did in those years. I think we've become nostalgic for "the old days" and "home".

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  4. Excellent post. If someone told me when I was 18 that I would have a house full of cats instead of kids, I would have gotten mad. I am happy with how my life turned out even if it wasn't what I had planned.

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    1. Thank you! If anyone would have told this Midwest girl that she'd end up living in Texas someday, I would have laughed and laughed. Never say never! I am happy with how my life has turned out too, God saved the best for last!

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  5. Well done! Yes, time changes so many things, and us.

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    1. Thank you Mimi! Yes indeed, we change in more ways than we ever could have imagined. We are a work in progress! XOXO

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  6. How true this is. A life made too easy may well become a failure yet others who struggle appreciate the value of every little thing.

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    1. You are exactly right, Old Egg! When you have to work for what you want in life, you value it so much more than if it is handed to you! I also think a lot of young people don't come into full bloom for a few years, give them time to find their sense of direction!

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  7. This is a great post and thought! Although my life hasn't turned out exactly like I had planned, my top two dreams came true: I got married and I had babies. For that, I am very grateful.

    By the way, I never expected to end up in Texas either. :)

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    1. I got married and had babies that I love dearly, but I didn't actually meet the man of my dreams until I was over 50 year old! He's the reason I am in Texas, and he was so worth the wait! Someday we'll spend our senior years in greener pastures! :-)

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  8. Im not sure i ever had expectations of how life would turn out but i grateful for the cup every day.

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    1. I learned early on not to plan too much, life changes things, but like you I am so very grateful for the cup I have! I have had some cracked ones before that didn't hold much promise. ;-)

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  9. ...and you can be thankful that you have two shoes. A delightful and thought provoking piece Josie.


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    1. Yes indeed, Keith! Walking with just one shoe would be a definite problem, though I wish I could walk thru tall green grass or on a sandy beach with no shoes at all. We have neither where I live. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment!

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  10. We late bloomers get justice in the end. Karma, I think. There is a sense of satisfaction, but we must be gracious. ;)

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    1. I so agree Val, life has a way of righting itself, or maybe we do. I think that I am more grateful than smugly satisfied. I would wish for everyone's life to turn out good, and for them to be in a place of contentment. We are all in it together! :-)

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  11. Time and chance visits us all: it's what we do with it that matters.

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