What do you picture when you think of a rocking chair. To me is conjures pictures of grandpa whittling away at sticks or grandma knitting as they sip away at a cold glass of lemonade on a bright sunny day. However, it is not what they are doing on the outside but what is happening on the inside that I want to look at.
For me, I have a memory of my great grandpa sitting in his rocking chair with his dog by his side and thinking. I was a young boy of about 10 and he would just sit their and ponder. He would talk of times gone by and lessons learned and I was fascinated by the stories of long ago. Then I picture myself doing the same thing and ask what would I be pondering? I am sure I would be thinking about some of the same things…past experiences and life changing times…memories with family and friends…you know, that sort of thing.
Well, what does this have to do with anything? Good question. If that is the kind of thing that you might do sitting in your rocking chair 20, 30 or 40 years from now what would you want to be thinking about? Would you want to be remembering past regrets and lost opportunities? Or would you rather think fondly of having taken those risks and – win or lose – appreciate having had the experience? Do you want to be saying to yourself, “I should have…I could have…I would have.”? Or do you want to say, “ I did that…I went there…I took that risk”?
If you could project yourself in time to that day in the rocking chair and your life, as it is now is all you would have lived…what would you change? What would you do different? What would you do the same? What is it that you want to ponder as you sit in that rocking chair?
Now come back to the present and change what you would change…keep doing what you would keep the same…do things differently and do different things. Take some risks, tackle some challenges, push your limits and grow into the life you are meant to live.
Life is a gift…what we do with it is our gift back. We are the architects of our life. That being said, doesn’t it stand to reason that we should design the life that we want? The best part is…it is never too late to begin!
Figure out the kind of memories you want to have as you sit, rocking in your chair and sipping your lemonade.
(I am not the author of this post…unfortunately I do not know who wrote this because if I did I would give them credit!)
Take care and see you in class..