Turning points

English: A 1911 Industrial Worker (IWW newspap...

English: A 1911 Industrial Worker (IWW newspaper) publication advocating industrial unionism that shows the critique of capitalism. It is based on a flyer of the “Union of Russian Socialists” spread in 1900 and 1901. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another year is nearly over! What happened to those goals for 2012? Did I meet them? Mostly not. Does it matter? Not really.

Turning points are those moments when my thinking and/or behaviour changes significantly. New insight, new discoveries, outdated ideas, all contribute to turning points and fresh starts.

1. In my early 20’s I realised thinking of others instead of myself could actually bring more joy into my life.

2. At 30 I realised I had to grow up and take responsibility for my life and my three sons as no-one else was going to do it for me. I experimented with using different skills and tried to change the world – or at least my corner of it.

3. During my forties I grudgingly developed a work ethic and almost accepted that we live in a capitalist society. Massive learning curve in my forties,  due to a realisation that I didn’t have a lot of control over the wider world and I had to accept the things I cannot change.

4. Now in my fifties I think I am more accepting about life. I am starting to see the finishing line (from a distance). Both my parents are gone, and I have lost other friends and family members. I may live for another thirty years or so but then again, I might not. I am starting to sift out what is important and what isn’t.

People, books, philosophers, scripture, nature, and personal experience have provided great wisdom at different times. What they have taught me is specifically for me and my journey. Your journey may be quite different but maybe sometimes I can share something of my experience that can offer a little enlightenment to others.

It is tempting to say, “This worked for me” as I thrust another book at someone!

I mean well 🙂




4 thoughts on “Turning points

  1. I like your current philosophy . . . why get bent out of shape by the things that others have bent out of shape?

    Let the idealists in their 20’s and 30’s and 40’s tackle the problems that plague us . . . while we sit back and relax. 😉

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