Covid19 turning point

Grocery store empty shelves
Yesterday afternoon (5 hours ahead of President Trump’s Nationwide message about European air travel ban) at the grocery store. Had inside intel advice to head to store sooner rather than later. Toilet paper was almost gone.

Adversity doesn’t develop character, it reveals it.

Not talking about daily adversity.

Talking about Covid19 and other world catastrophes (remember 9/11?).

The adverse event is the test, not the studying (development).

Optional development can occur after you receive your test score.

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Mid-Life Crisis Grandparents

Mid-Life Crisis Grandparents.

“Grandparents can help preserve the innocence of their grandchildren – but there is a cost.  They will have to give up any shreds of cynicism that may have crept into their hearts, and they will need to open their eyes to the world of wonder as seen through the innocence of childlike faith”. — from Hugs for Grandparents

Cynicism.  It’s useless, in my opinion, in teaching positive values to young children.

At mid-life, we have choices to make.

We can be cynical about life or we can be positive about life.

I constantly remind myself, “Life is hard.  No one has it easy.  Not even the people who look like they have it easy”.

There is a great, but invisible, equalizer.  We can’t put our finger on it, but it revolves around the fact that everyone has some sort of hell they’re dealing with.

The difference for mid-life crisis grandparents, I believe, is that they should now be wise enough to positively move forward with their lives.

Move forward, even in the face of adversity.  By the time we reach a mid-life crisis, we have seen the enormous mental, physical, spiritual and financial challenges that can tear us apart, or build us up.

Let adversity build us up, so that we can be living proof to children, that hardship is part of life and that with focus and discipline, we can survive, and even thrive, in stormy weather.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.  Carpe mid-life diem, jeff noel 🙂