Got Those Empty Nest Blues?

Written by Jeanine Herrin


The last ofrepparttar kids have all left home and now you’re wondering, “What do I do now”?

Sometimes it takes a while to come torepparttar 124025 realization that you are now on your own. You’ve been helping to get them raised and preparing them to go out intorepparttar 124026 world on their own and suddenly that time has come and gone (and so are they!). You look around only to wonder, what now?

The time seemed so far off, that you just weren’t prepared when it finally arrived.

So, now it’s time to start thinking about all those things you told yourself you would do, “If only I had time, I’d love to …….”

When you stop to think about it, you’ve really come to a good time in your life. The kids are grown, have lives of their own, you’re now free to do all “Those things you kept telling yourself you’d do.” Thing is; now you have to remember just what they were!

Well, this little article is just to get you to thinking!

It’s never to late to start something new either. I had an Aunt that started painting when she was in her 50’s. Wasn’t even aware that she could paint that well!

There’s always school. Yes, school. There are all kinds of courses you could take on a lot of different subjects. Think of any that might be of interest to you? Maybe there’s a degree of some sort that you’d like to go for? I’ve heard of some who went for their nursing degree in their late 30’s early 40’s!

Have any hobbies that you put aside because you didn’t have enough time to really devote to them? If not, then start some new ones! Just think of some new things that you would like to learn how to do, then go sign up for some classes! Might even make some new friends inrepparttar 124027 process.

There’s also volunteer work. Places like hospitals, nursing homesrepparttar 124028 Salvation Army. They are always looking for someone to help out. Lots of other similar places too. Can be a really rewarding feeling knowing that you are really needed.

What about schools? Like volunteering to help tutor some students? Could be elementary, middle or high school. I’m sure that would be really appreciated and helpful torepparttar 124029 students also. Or, if not volunteering, see if there are any openings for teachers aides in any ofrepparttar 124030 schools in your area.

Beyond Hope is Faith

Written by Jean R. Charles

I live in a small town named after its Dutch settler, whose name is long and difficult to spell and pronounce. The town just to its south is named Hope, and is well known because of its restored historical status. So, when residents of our town are asked where they live their frequent response is “I live beyond Hope”.

Recently, as I was driving home beyond Hope, I began thinking about what it really means to live beyond hope. Hope is about wishing for something to occur inrepparttar future. It implies uncertainty and longing. You want something and do not know if you will get it.

Beyond this future oriented wishful thinking is faith. Faith implies a knowing. It involves trustingrepparttar 124024 universe to provide. When you live in faith you intuitively know that things will happen as they are meant to happen. You realize you are where you are and have what you have for a reason. You are satisfied not knowingrepparttar 124025 answers torepparttar 124026 why questions.

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