The late, great Muhammad Ali said, “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Think about it.
Those who have the same perceptions, believe the same, and have the same priorities as they did ten or twenty years ago, even, in some cases, five years ago, are stuck in the past and stopped growing and developing. Zig Ziglar said, “You’re either green and growing, or you’re ripe and rotten.” If you’re reasonably intelligent and you have a mite of ambition, OF COURSE you have changed, and those mistakes of the past simply don’t count. In fact, you could well be a better person for them, having learnt important lessons from them!
Courageous people are not afraid to reinvigorate, reconfigure, renew, and reinvent their lives, their beliefs, their values, their goals, their relationships, and their priorities. They seek progress, improvement, and growth, and they are ready to pay the price. Ageing, the changing environment, deaths of others, illness, new opportunities, lessons we learn, the choices of others, changes in the family, disasters and windfalls, financial changes, exposure to new information – all these and many more things impact our perceptions, our options, and the choices we make.
Our bodies, after all, are continually being renewed: Individual cells have a finite life span, and when they die off they are replaced with new cells. As The New York Public Library’s Science Desk Reference (Stonesong Press, 1995) notes, “There are between 50 and 75 trillion cells in the body…. Each type of cell has its own life span – red blood cells live for about four months, while white blood cells live on average more than a year. Skin cells live about two or three weeks. Colon cells have it rough: They die off after about four days.
We can choose to change anything at any time; we don’t need anyone’s permission – it’s our lives. We can start relationships, end them, or change them. We can change our bodies by losing weight and getting fit, and we can change our goals and priorities, lifestyle and attitude.
The most important change we can make is spiritual, for this affects every part of our lives and has temporal as well as eternal consequences. Muhammad Ali said, “How long is eternity? Let’s imagine. Take the Sahara Desert. There is a lot of sand over in the Sahara Desert, right? Imagine one grain of sand represents a thousand years. Every thousand years, I want you to pick up a grain of sand until the desert is empty. Wait a thousand years and pick up a grain. Wait another thousand years before you get the next grain. Keep that up until there is no sand in the desert. Do you know how long that is?”
The Bible tells us that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” And for those us who lament the natural physical results of ageing, we read, “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.” When we acknowledge and serve God, we start to truly grow and prosper, the way we were always meant to, and enjoy true happiness and peace of mind in all circumstances.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com