Danger of Drifting Along

July 25, 2012

in BLOGS,General

Often as we go through life we simply drift along as if everything is just fine and then all of a sudden a snag appears out of nowhere putting us in danger. This can happen so easily in any part of our life.

Perhaps you can relate to one of these events or you will even think of other times when you have drifted along not thinking about what will be next:

I’ve heard of life being like a roll of toilet paper… the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. I think about this as I am nearing age 70… only a few months and there it will be. What has happened to my life? Where has it gone? If seems only yesterday that I was playing with my cousins as a young girl… or when I was a teenager in high school… or when I fell in love and married. Then we had our first baby who is now nearing age 50… our 3 children grew up so quickly… now our 8 grandchildren are doing the same. Our parents have either gone on to heaven or are in their 90’s. Have I fulfilled my dreams… have I said the things I need to say… what has my life said about who I am? So many questions go through my mind. Am I in danger of leaving too many projects unfinished and important things undone when I really reach the end of my life? Have I coasted through too many life events without really realizing just how important they were?

I often heard elderly people say, “If I would have known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Will you be saying that some day or will you have the assurance that you have done everything you could possibly have done to be as fit and healthy as you could be as you reach each milestone in life? (Please note that elderly is someone much older than I am.)

What about your relationships? Are you the best friend someone could possibly have? Do you do what it takes to have a happy, fulfilled marriage that is running over with love? Are you the best parent you child or children could ever dream of having?

What are some things you can do to eliminate many of the dangers of drifting through life?

Think ahead… have a plan. My husband is a very good driver as he is very good at thinking ahead. He has avoided several serious accidents by having thought ahead about what he would do if a certain situation occurred. For example, I recall one year when we were returning home from a great vacation. We were on a two lane mountain road on a Sunday afternoon. There was heavy traffic. All of sudden we rounded a curve, the car in front of us was coming to a complete sudden stop and because my husband was paying attention, he knew there was a car close behind us. Instantly he turned our car to the left edge of the road putting our car safely at a slant on the up side of a mountain. His awareness of where he was, what he was doing, paying attention to what was going on around us, and as he was rounding that curve thinking about what he would do if he had to stop quickly. We avoided rear ending the car in front of us and also avoided being rear ended by the car behind us.

Do you have a plan B for situations that could put you in danger or do you just drive hoping the road will allow you to drive along without being aware of your situation? To this day the incident above enters my mind when I am driving mountain roads. I don’t panic or stress but I am aware of the road and traffic conditions as I enjoy my drive.

Our lives are full of various roads, paths, and choices we must navigate. Putting thought into that navigation rather than just allowing ourselves to drift along into danger will give us more freedom, choices, accomplishments, and pleasure.

Is there an area of your life that you need to be more aware of to avoid the possibility of drifting into danger?

Be aware of drifting unaware.

 

Pat Moon

P.S. photos are of some of our grandchildren

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  Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach. 

Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and gramma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This gramma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, and others.  Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process.  The products Pat has personally used since 1985 are featured at www.bestrealhealth.gnld.net.

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1 Rachel Reed August 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love your article Pat!!  We really need to take time to make sure we have our lives in order.  I'm in my 40's and still can't believe how fast my 40's came.  Life is precious and we take it for granted.  I am more determined now to fulfill my purpose!!  And that is simply…to be a blessing to someone else!!

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2 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Rachel, what a wonderful purpose for your life… to be a blessing to someone else. Go, fulfill it!

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3 Carolyn Hughes July 29, 2012 at 2:18 am

Great article Pat! It's a great reminder that we need to take stock of our lives – It's so easy to let the business of daily live prevent us from thinking about where we are heading.
Totally agree with Carol's comment about your health testimonies. Inspiring!

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4 Pat Moon July 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Carolyn, thank you for your comments. Yes, we can get so busy with our daily life that we often lose sight of our focus. Family health concerns through the years has kept me focused on staying on top of nutrition and lifestyle choice that affect our health. Thanks again.

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5 Carol Giambri July 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Sometimes I find myself second guessing what can be, but there are times when drivers tail gate this fast driver and then cut me off.  It seems that even be a defensive driver and thinking ahead behind the wheel I could be wrong. Still I aim to be careful.  Oh the health testimonies in your bio are amazing.

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6 Sharon O'Day July 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I'm 64.  So, when I look back, I can find stages were I was seemingly just drifting, but I realize that I was either healing or rebuilding my energies.  Because, other than that, I've made a point of living life full out, as an adventure.  Now, as I look at growing this new venture of helping women prepare financially for their futures, I realize to what extent what I'm offering comes from all I've gone through, all the Plan Bs, all the detours.  Now it's time to share …

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7 Olga Hermans July 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I believe that when we get older our life goes a lot faster, but then again I am also able to enjoy life so much better and see things coming that my children don't see. That is the wisdom that comes with age of course. But I am a person that can drift away in no time; I really do have to watch that. I like your analogy; you must have an awesome husband; my husband is like that. 🙂 Thanks Pat!

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8 Pat Moon July 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Olga, it is great that you have such a positive attitude about the wisdom that comes with age. Yes, it does give us the ability to enjoy our life more. And yes, I do have an awesome husband which is such a blessing… July 15 was our 51st anniversary so we have grown up together and are true soul mates.

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9 Susan Mckenzie July 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

What a beautiful way to inspire, but also to warn, Pat! We need to hear a lot more from people in your age group! The view from your perspective is sharper, crisper, more penetrating. We need to hear these questions and prompts to help us steer our lives. I'm 51-years old… I love multi-generational moments like this, as you can probably tell!
And I also need this wake up call, to be sure I'm living "on track" with my purpose, values, and goals always in mind!
Thank you, Pat – what a GREAT article!

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10 Pat Moon July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Susan, thank you for your encouraging comment. You are only 2 years older than my daughter and I am happy to share another generational view point with you. I feel confident you will stay on track with your purpose, values, and goals.

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11 denny hagel July 26, 2012 at 5:21 am

This really resonated with me Pat as I am nearing the 60 mark and my grandkids are into their teens…it is a sobering time in life when there is so much behind us…Thanks for sharing your insights. Great job!

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12 Pat Moon July 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Denny, it is sobering when thinking about how much of life is behind us but God willing we still have a big chunk in front of us in wish we can apply the things we have learned and can still make an impact on others. Thanks for your comment.

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