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Never Too Soon –Or Too Late to Bloom?

The flower you see above is one on my “Christmas cactus,” which is not actually a cactus at all and doesn’t always bloom just in December.

I just took it a few minute ago, and today’s date is July 6, 2022.

Unexpected? You bet!

To me, it’s a reminder that things don’t always go as expected. Sure, the plant had dozens of flowers in the winter, and many more appeared through April.

But in July!? That’s a real surprise! 😁

And it’s also a symbol for those of us who might not see our future in a positive way … thinking our best years/times are behind us.

Maybe we don’t see how we can “bloom” as we get older and hopefully wiser.

Maybe we think the future only belongs to the younger folks, however much younger they may be.

Maybe we think our best days are behind us … when they just might not be.

I know I had no idea at my advanced age of 76 — yup, 76! — that I’d be still working, still living a full life, still loving what I’m doing, and still figuring out how to keep on keepin’ on!

When I was growing up so long ago, folks in their 70s basically faced their death years up close, having retired at 60 or 65. They stayed home, got bored, and … died.

Not all, but way too many.

Now?

Reaching 100 is not out of the question.

It’s so different, and I’m really happy to live at a time when age — while still a real issue — isn’t the ONLY one that determines how we live our later years.

This little flower is a loner, but it’s still here, still vibrant, and still showing me/us that the future can hold marvelous things.

How about you, folks? How do you feel about aging? Will you stay with what you do? Find a second/third/fourth act to live in? Travel?


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Susan Rooks
Susan Rookshttps://grammargoddess.com/
With nearly 30 years’ experience as an international workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. In 1995, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication, creating and leading workshops in three main areas – American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills – to help business pros enhance their communication skills. She also leads one-hour LinkedIn workshops (Master the LinkedIn Profile Basics) via Zoom to help business pros anywhere maximize their LinkedIn experience, offering it to Chambers of Commerce and other civic organizations free of charge. As an editor, Susan has worked on business blogs, award-winning children’s books, best-selling business books, website content, and even corporate annual reports (with clients from half a dozen countries), ensuring that all material is professionally presented. In April 2022, Susan became the Managing Editor of the Florida Specifier, a bi-monthly trade publication covering Florida’s diverse environmental industry. And although the focus is on Florida’s issues, many of these same challenges are found elsewhere around the world, so the readership isn’t limited to just Floridians or those interested in that state. But in all these endeavors, Susan’s only goal is to help everyone look and sound as smart as they are.

4 COMMENTS

    • I hadn’t considered it that way, but yeah. You’re so right about that single bloom, Charlotte! The others were wonderful, but there were many of them mostly all at the same time.

      This one? Totally late to the party but … 😍 even more welcome than the others.

  1. And it’s also a symbol for those of us who might not see our future in a positive way … thinking our best years/times are behind us. This quote from your post, Susan is brilliant.
    I love creative minds who see a lide lesson from nature. You did this wonderfully well. We never know when our efforts shall flower but we know one day they shall.
    Even in lonliness we do our best to thrive and keep going.

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