Several years ago I got a very clear sense that I will likely live to be 100. I was extremely sick when I had this thought and it truly frightened me!
As I prayed and pondered this, I began to see things more clearly. So clear that I actually shared it all with a large ladies group one Christmas.
I began to see my life as four quarters. For the ladies group that I shared this with, I got four quarters for each lady. I then colored the edge of one quarter for each lady with a red Sharpie.
This is what became clear to me. One quarter is 25 and four equals 100. Many of us will likely live to be close to 100, so we can think about our lives in quarters.
Age is time. Right? Age is simply the passing of time and we all understand that time is precious. What we do with our time is important because we are doing one of two things with each and every minute.
We are either spending our time or investing our time.
The first quarter, age 1 to 25, is usually spent without a whole lot of thought about investing. We are getting through school, making and losing friends, and often this is the time of finding our spouses and thinking about starting a family.
The second quarter, age 26 to 50, is certainly sprinkled with thoughts of investing, but such a busy time that most of our time is still spent simply getting through it all. Focusing on work or careers and getting the kids through school. Finding the right place to raise a family and settle in.
Before you realize it, you are in that third quarter, age 51 to 75. This happens to be where I am now. And believe me, this is when investing becomes a priority. Even though we are using quarters for this story, I'm really not talking about money. Yes, wise financial investing is important, but very few take the time to consider the time investments they are making.
I realized that if I don't focus on investing in people now, there will be no return on my investment in my fourth quarter, when I will need it most. In my fourth quarter I will be weaker and a little more vulnerable. I will need relationships that I have poured time into.
How many quarters do you have left? What do you have to invest? I am 55 years old so I have 20 more years in my third quarter. What a gift!!! 20 years to share, care, learn more, give more, believe the best, and to do my best.
I don't want my motive to be all about what's in it for me. However, I do not want to simple spend any time I am blessed with. I want to value time and people and invest well!
Have a happy health-filled day!
Everyone deserves "the Good Inside," and, yes, "Purity is Possible."