I remember when I thought 73 was really old. Now that I’m there—as of last week—it’s just old.
At 23: I was starting my career as an engineer and getting married to my first and still-wife, Dottie.
At 33: I was building a career in marketing (I wasn’t that good of an engineer) and parenting two young daughters.
At 43: I had transitioned to finance and my daughters were teenagers.
At 53: I was serving as the president/CEO of our company, was overcommitted, and came home to an “our life is berserk” comment from Dottie. I had to learn how to say “no.”
At 63: I was serving my church fulltime and was now the “Papa” of three grandsons.
At 73: I am a “semi-retired” speaker, author, and coach, and getting ready to gratefully celebrate 50 years with Dottie.
There are a lot of gaps in the above summary—mostly a lot of HARD LESSONS. I have learned that:
I realize now that what I leave is more important than what I have. I am not talking about a legacy of accomplishments, but a life of purpose. So however much longer God gives me, it is “well done” from Him and my family that is of utmost importance to me:
I have as my ambition…to be pleasing to Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:9
(I’ll get back to leadership in my next post.)
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