Being An Adult

I have always thought that grandparents were the icons of wisdom, the "go to" person with he answers, the epitome of patience.

When I was young, I often thought, "When I grow up, I want to be like Grandpa". I looked forward with anxious anticipation to the time when I would have all the answers and all the sage advice.

All of our parents are gone, now, and I have discovered, as I suppose they discovered, that all I have really done is gotten older.

I have learned that being a wise parent and grandparent is not so much what I know, but what I do. And the greatest truth I have learned is that one does not need to grow old to grow wise. The reality is that everyone grows older. What matters is what we keep and/or lose in the process.

We need to keep a sense of humor, but lose the mindless silliness of adolescence. We need to somehow keep our internal youthfulness but lose the irresponsibleness of adolescence. We need to retain our integrity while acknowledging the reality of shades of truth. We must struggle to maintain our health without the obsession of the fitness of youth. We need to encourage sympathy and empathy, while shunning the devastation of "attitude". We learn to put aside the "me first" approach in favor of a sincere desire to share beyond ourselves and out families.

Being an adult simply means that we now know what we should be doing and we move ahead without supervision and do it, even when we really may not feel much like doing it at the time. And so it is and should be in all aspects and areas of our life.

Bob Curtis has been writing articles, short fiction, and poetry for over 30 years. He has been a lay consultant for families and individuals for a number of years. He is currently the managing director of people4people.blogspot.com and is the president of Nexus Publishing, nexus4u.blogspot.com, in Midvale, Utah.

In The News:


pen paper and inkwell


cat break through


Fickle Fates

Direct Answers - Column for the week of April 19,... Read More

Ever Wondered Why Everyone Else is Moving On, Except You?

"I attend courses, read books, listen to CD's, yet I... Read More

Caring in My Sisters Way: A Lesson On Judgement

Last summer, I had an acute case of bronchitis. I... Read More

How Would YOU React To Tragedy Like This?

The true story I'm about to share will have a... Read More

Inspiration: Some Things Ive Noticed Along the Way So Far

Let's file this one under the heading of random musings... Read More

Number that Decides Your Success

God has created human beings to live successfully. He has... Read More

Anam Chara - Wishing Versus Wanting

There is an old saying, which warns, "be careful for... Read More

What Movies Can Teach You About Meaningful Coincidences (Use Them to Get What You Want)

When you have your dream clear in your mind and... Read More

What an Artist Experiences When Working With the Angels

I am an Angel artist on a passionate spiritual journey... Read More

Conscious Living

Earlier this year, following an intention to live more consciously,... Read More

Sissys Show of Support

I had been fighting with the software program that I... Read More

Small Wonder

Wonder:~~To think or speculate curiously~~To be filled with admiration, amazement... Read More

Changing the World... One Book at a Time

Ever read a book that's changed your life? Most of... Read More

The Ant Philosophy

Over the years I've been teaching kids about a simple... Read More

Get Out Of Your Own Way

One of the biggest obstacles to our self growth and... Read More

I Believe in You!

Ally Becker came home from school after Varsity basketball practice... Read More

Making the Most of Your Peak and Off-peak Times

What is the most essential part of your business? You... Read More

Quotable Quotes Are Nothing More Than Flowery Words

Quotable quotes are nothing more than flowery words... And anyone... Read More

A Teller Of Tales

Direct Answers - Column for the week of June 10,... Read More

Synchronicity

Synchronicity: the coincidence of events that seem related but are... Read More

Everybody is Somebody

I wrote about my life and all that I have... Read More

Take Action and Make a Better World

Albert Einstein is quoted as having said, "the world is... Read More

Resistance to Change

All of us are resistant to change, whether it's in... Read More

How A Sense Of Wonder Makes Life Richer

It always amazes me when I meet someone who has... Read More

Its A Brand New Day

Waking up one day and realizing your world just isn't... Read More

Nurture Your Heart

Pregnant with her first child, Jill could barely contain her... Read More

How To Weather Lifes Inevitable Storms

In the Northeast, we have a few months to prepare... Read More

Journaling for Two

Journaling is a powerful tool that can enhance our lives... Read More

Are You The Master Of Your Destiny?

How strong are you? I'm not asking if you... Read More

Facing the Enemies Within

We are not born with courage, but neither are we... Read More

Honesty

Those who pride themselves on their honesty should also concern... Read More

Letting Go and Letting Be

In Corrogue it is frosty.The earth is hard and unyielding.... Read More

Change is the Only Constant

The physics professor with the unruly shock of white hair... Read More