Saturday, August 20, 2011

When I Look Back

It’s another Saturday Centus, Ms. Jenny has given us a very thought provoking post this week, as usual, and I hope that y’all enjoy what I have written.
This week we get 150 words, plus the prompt “If I die young”

This one was easier for me this week for some reason, and my word count came out at 149 total. Lucky me because I didn’t want to have to take out any words.



When I Look Back

I’ve never thought about my own mortality. But what if I die young? I have always had an old soul, or so I’ve been told. Wise beyond my years, so I suppose that dying young was never an option. I’m almost forty, but most days I feel older, I don’t know why.

When I look back at my life when I am old and gray, I want to have the satisfaction of knowing that I lived the best life I could have lived. That I imparted wisdom when it was needed, and listened when it was most important. That I tried to leave beauty behind me wherever I traveled, and that I touched lives in the most positive way possible. I want to know that I shared of myself as much as others shared with me, and I loved with my whole heart even when it was being broken.

48 comments:

  1. If you can still love even though your heart was being broken, then you can say, you lived the whole of your life, wholly.
    Lovely use of the centus prompt.

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  2. This was really beautiful, Madge.  It made me a little sad because I am far too old to die young now.

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  3. "...I loved with my whole heart even when it was being broken."  These words carry great weight as do the others in this thoughtful piece.  I really like it.

    Namaste..........cj

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  4. Elizabeth HernandezAugust 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Love your look back. It is important that we leave the finger prints of our love with others I think. I too wont be dying young. Too old for that. But I guess in Gods eyes I could be young. I am at heart.
    Enjoyed the read
    Blessings

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  5. great post I am almost 40 as well When I was a teen 40 seemed really old, now it doesnt

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  6. What a super post. I'm sure you will leave this earth having achieved these - I hope so apart from the broken heart of course.

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  7. I have no doubt that you have touched many lives.  Not just with your writing, but in life itself.  Thank you for this beautiful writing.

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  8. Excellent Madge !

    The sweet desires of your heart and in this lovely and thoughtful writing are all granted because you are living them already...loved this so much !

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  9. that was a lovely post ... and honey 85 is the "new" old!

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  10. We can't ask much more of ourselves than that. A life well-lived.

    =)

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  11. Lovely post. I agree with the other commenters.
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's SC Wk 68 'If I die young'

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  12. If I lived mine like that I would be very satisfied :) 

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  13. Wonderful post!  You stated so elegantly the hopes that so many of us aspire to achieve in this lifetime.  Excellent job!

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  14. Satisfaction with life is wonderful.  You are truly LIVING...beautiful! 

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  15. You have put into words the feelings most of us have about life.  What a sweet post this is!!

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  16. That was BEAUTIFULLY written. Seriously. That is the meaning of life.

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  17. "and I loved with my whole heart even when it was being broken." - What a beautiful line!  I enjoyed your centus very much. :-)

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  18. I really like what you have written here.  Beautiful thoughts, beautifully expressed.  And  I really relate to the "feeling older than you are" thing.  I've felt that way since...my early teens, perhaps?  It's nice to meet another one!

    May you live a long and full life.

    Blessings,
    Orea
    http://orea-highervoice.blogspot.com/

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  19. Nice.  I think you summed up what most of us would like to say about ourselves.

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  20. Wow. That was wonderful.

    The prompt made me think of, "I want my last check to bounce."

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  21. I've never read that, I'll have to look it up sounds like right up my alley.

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  22. I hope so, unless you're Tallaban or something :)

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  23. Thanks, sometimes the words just come.

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  24. Thanks Tom,
    The world would be a much better place if everyone aspired to live like that.

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  25. Good to know!!! thanks for the update, now I don't feel so old ;)

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  26. Thanks Nonna, glad you liked it.

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  27. You're most welcome Dazee, thanks for reading

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  28. Hearts breaking is part of living, if we never feel hurt we can't appreciate joy.

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  29. It did feel old didn't it, I have to keep telling myself how old I am, I'm just glad I don't look my age :)

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  30. Thanks Elizabeth, you're right about finger prints, that's a good way to put it.

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  31. Thank you CJ, thanks for stopping by

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  32. Don't be sad Linda, you're just a spring chicken, who used to own a chicken car.

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  33. Thanks dreamer, that's how I feel too.

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  34. Alas, there is very little spring in my chicken these days, and we no longer even have a chicken car.   It is what it is, Madge.

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  35. LOL there is very little spring in my chicken!!! You crack me up.

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  36. Very moving, Madge. As for "I touched lives in the most positive way possible", I think Henry and all of us in the blogosphere could vouch for that. :-)

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  37. Thank you so much Nicky, :) You've never seen me PMS'ing nothing positive to see here folks, just keep walking. :)~

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  38. Elizabeth HernandezAugust 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Thank you for stopping by. Love your blog and I love your post on If I die Young..... I have to agree with many of your followers that I think you will leave a touch of yourself behind. Truly beauy that touches in many ways. The beauty of blogging.
    Blessings

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  39. So well said!  Beautifully written.  laurie

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  40. I agree with everyone, Madge. This is really beautiful. The final line, especially, resonates for me. Sometimes we (or just I) blame our/myself for loving "too much." Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rethink how I treat and view myself. This was great.
    xoRobyn

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  41. What a beautiful post!   The last line arrowed right into my heart!

    I suspect you are living your life like this already!

    Thanks for sharing this.

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