You can’t do it all

Beach sunflower
One of my favorite flowers, the Florida beach sunflower.


You can’t do it all.

People who’ve neglected important things in their life (and there are a million reasons why), will have a reckoning at some point.

It’s happened to me and it will continue to happen to me.

Same for you.

i’m motivated to create a life as i age that won’t place stock on someone else helping me address the things i’m neglecting now because of the million excuses readily available.

That’s a leading cause for depression as we age – investing in things that change (but we didn’t plan on them changing). Our situation can change in an instant and if our life’s plan didn’t account for that, we’re sunk.

For example, as i get older, it would be stereotypical for me (as a parent) to think our son will help take care of me in my final years. So it’s tempting to not make difficult choices, like downsizing out of a lifelong residence into a senior facility. First because these choices are painful and second because it’s so much work.

Remember investing in things that change?

What if something tragic happens to my son (and wife)?

Odds are low but they are not zero.

Conclusion, plan on worst case scenario and rejoice when it doesn’t happen.

And remember that not being prepared is a regretful (and perhaps sinful) choice.




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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


Is there an echo in here?

Honey Bee Hives near Disney's Magic Kingdom


(photo: Honey bee hives near Mid Life Celebration HQ)

Is there an echo in here?

Not running from something. Running to something.

Been running very, very intentionally and with great focus and discipline for six solid years.

Every dang day.

The beauty in this is that the emotional side of this decision is grand and noble and it was made from the best of places with the best of intentions.

This is not the typical.

And to be crystal clear, not typical is par for the course. Not for everyone, only for a few.

Do what you say you’re gonna do.

And don’t tell anyone until it’s done.

Today’s spiritual thought continues with a career thought for the day at the Next Blog

Labor Day Weekend 2009

Labor Day Weekend 2009.

Most likely our plans revolve around traditional American activities.

Get togethers with family or friends. Food. Drink. Music. Fun. Games. Sports. Yard work. Car repairs. Chores. Errands. Rest. Relaxation. Prayer.

Since I wasn’t 100% certain what Labor Day stood for, I Googled it.

I hope while I’m engaging in the traditional American activities, there will be significant chunks of time where I can give thanks for the countless blessings we all enjoy as American Citizens.

One of the biggest blessings is being able to walk around in public and not worry about a bomb exploding.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂