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Flourishing at Fifty-Five

   Are you lamenting your purpose and opportunities as you get more mature? (Notice I did not say as you age, for as those numbers increase, so does your avenue to impact those around you.) My friend, ((let’s call her Jen) has a vital life. She said  “I’m turning fifty-five, any words of wisdom for me?”  Jen is a symbol of many of us, women who are concerned that they are getting older in a world that worships youth and beauty. But the journey of life really demonstrates that beauty is achieved as character, charm and wisdom are developed. As a tree reaches for the sky it achieves stature and stability. This takes time and endurance. Robert Frost said “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree….” I think Jen is lovely. Let’s look at how she excels and how you can too! 

     Flourish:  Excel in all areas, taking on new ventures all the time and thriving in them. At work and play be kind, considerate, caring.  Make life enjoyable, pleasant and positive. Take the initiative to meet others needs even before they express them, you will amaze them when you do this.

     Fabulous: Be enthusiastic even if you feel subdued. This makes others feel valued. Hug, smile, and look people in their eyes. Do this especially with grandkids who are special, we don’t have to ponder or pretend with them for they have our hearts. Smiling is contagious, go infect someone today! As you reach out to others, they will reach out to you.

     Father: Spend time with your heavenly Father. He created you and loves you beyond your comprehension. Pray and meditate on His Word and you will be prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:8). This will effect all areas; spirit, soul, and body. Forgive others as God has forgiven you and you will find rest and freedom.

     Fun: Laughter releases endorphins and literally makes you feel better. Games with those we love can create bonds and beautiful times. Some of our best memories involve Jen and her husband as we played hysterical games or just had conversation. Grandkids require fun as we create memories with them. We went to Disney recently which was a trip they will always remember, the first time flying for some of our grandkids. 

     Impacting and caring for others, whether at work or play is exciting. Considering and cherishing others will make the world a lovely place. Choosing terrific not toxic thoughts or situations  will change our very DNA for the positive. As we pour all of this into our kids kids, you will find passion, producing a respectful, caring, productive legacy for future generations and the overflow will splash onto you too! You will flourish as well as those you come in contact with.

                                     Flourishing with you, Debbie

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Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to six children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in phychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate level studies at Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.

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