Wonderful Words of Wisdom – 4

There can’t be enough words of wisdom to balance out all the other kinds of words that we hear. As I said before, these are not my words, so I can say that they are wonderful. They have stood the test of time:

Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary. (Julius Rosenwald)                                The rich are different  from you and me because they have more credit. (John Leonard)                       Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late. (Marie Beyon Ray)                                     Many people came to this country in different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.

All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.                             If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else. (Booker T. Washington)                            When we know better, we do better. (Maya Angelou)                            Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (Elenor Roosevelt)                      The Desire to do right carries with it a great power; you are in harmony with the Omnipotent Plan of the Universe.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Anais Nin)                                  If you always do what you always did, then you always get what you always got.                          If you want something different, do something different.                              The nail that stands out gets hammered down.          If the only tool you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.                                If everyone moved in the same direction at once, the world would tip over.                     Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is to the bone.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. (from Desiderata).                             What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you. (T.D. Jakes)                                You have the power within yourself to tap into that which will rise above all your surroundings.

You’ll win if you don’t quit.                            When things go wrong as they sometimes will; When the road you’re trudging is all uphill; When cares are pressing you down a bit; Rest if you want, but don’t you quit. (from the poem Don’t Quit)                            I finally got it all together…, but I forgot where I put it.                               If the grass is greener on the other side, maybe it’s because over there they take better care of it.                           When in doubt, don’t.                              Forgiving helps the forgiver more than the person who is being forgiven. (Marianne Williamson)

When you do good things, good things happen. (Mark Walberg)                                 Love’s in need of love today. Don’t delay, send yours in right away. (Stevie Wonder)

May you live long and prosper.

Claudreen Jackson

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“Obamaliciousness”

They did not see his “liciousness” / They did not see his mind / His character and integrity / How could they be so blind?

Obama got  Osama / But did he get credit? NO / Nor for the auto bailout / How could they stoop so low?

They tried to take away “Obamacare” / They tried and tried again / And tried and tried and tried  and tried / It really is a sin / It’s a sin and it’s a shame. / How can we trust these men?

Trying hard to not despair / Cause now we know that they don’t care./ Do we have the “Audacity Of Hope”? / It’s the only way that we can cope.

We see the writing on the wall / (Not the wall that will be built). Is America still the land for all? 

When he leaves the Oval Office / There is much that he will do./ Though he will not be President/  Obama will not be through. / I am sure that he has something planned / Because he’s just that kind of man. 

 I tried to not write about Obama, because this blog is not about politics, but since politics has the capacity to control our life, I had to have my say. Thank God that I live in America where I have that right. I have Freedom of Speech. I use that freedom because I have a son who cannot talk, so he reminds me just how important speech is. He can not say what is on his mind.

“They looked at me and they knew me not”.  

I can’t remember where this quote came from, but it describes Obama’s plight.  I have never seen a President so disrespected and obstructed.  Yet, he conducted himself with class and dignity  throughout  both of his terms. He made considered, thoughtful decisions and always put the country first. Even though he knows that they want to undo his legacy, he is maintaining his class.

If they erase his progress and accomplishments, these things will not be erased when the history is written. They can not erase his picture from the history books. They can not erase the fact that he was the President. They can not erase our minds and memories of what he meant to us.  Against all odds, he persevered without complaints or excuses. There are not enough men like him and I am glad to have had him as our President.  We are going to miss him. As a former teacher, I am thankful that he takes his place in history. 

And what about Michelle Obama?  She has her own “liciousness”. Her initiatives to promote healthy eating and exercise are very important and easy to do. She and Jill Biden made helping and supporting our servicemen one of their priorities.  We all should. And her wardrobe. She is always fashionable and appropriate. What a classy lady she is. We will miss her.

This is the end of an era. I will be praying for our country and trying to remember that “He who holds the future also holds my hand”.

May we live long and prosper. May our future be as great as our past.

Claudreen Jackson

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Wonderful Words of Wisdom – 3

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. (from Desiderata)

I still contend that we need to hear words of wisdom during these troubling times. We seem to be hearing so little wisdom from the movers and  shakers and leaders in our country. I hope you like some of these:

No one can make a greater mistake than he who does nothing because  he can only do so little. (Edmund Burke)                                     Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. (Douglas Adams)                      When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become President, I’m beginning to believe it. (Clarence Darrow)                                        Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery. Today is  our gift. That’s why we call it the” present”.

We can talk about what’s wrong in the world, or we can try to do what’s right.                       If you try to please everyone, you might not please anyone, but if you please yourself, you’ll know that one person is pleased.                                          Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind: thy windy will to bear. (Emily Dickinson)                                            You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be strong.

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.                                       If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.                                                     There was a job that anybody could do, but everybody thought that somebody would do it,  so nobody did.              There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen; those that watch things happen; and those who wonder what happened.                                        If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

The price of greatness is responsibility. (Winston Churchill)                                 Reality is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. (Ashleigh Brilliant)                            Can you be the change that you want to see?                                  Do nice guys finish last?        Feel the fear, but do it anyhow.                                          Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. (Benjamin Disraeli)                           Is the glass half empty or half full?             If you can keep your head when all about  you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you; but  make allowance for their doubting , too.. (Rudyard Kipling)

May you find your own words of wisdom and May you live long and prosper.

Claudreen Jackson 

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Inspired by Old Age (The elderly)

If you are familiar with my book “Inspired By Autism”, then you know something has to inspire me to write. Now, I am inspired by old age. The inspiration comes from knowing that with 77 years behind me, I don’t know how many years are in front of me. I am now “the elderly”, a word that I don’t like, but I do like being an elder which is where the word comes from.  I feel great, being an elder who is still “clothed in my right mind’ as they used to say.

Suppose we have gotten the aging situation wrong. Suppose we are supposed to get better with age and not get “old and feeble”.  We have learned many lessons and have  had many experiences that have helped us grow. I heard a story about an island where people were pushed off a cliff when they became elderly. Thank God we don’t live there, though I think the situation has changed. The opposite situation is the countries where the elderly are revered and honored. We are somewhere between these two extremes in America, though I do feel that our age group is not heard from enough. That is why I

want to say something while I still can.

We are a new kind of elderly. 70 is now the new 50.  I feel  better at 70 than I did at 50.We are living in the best of times for people our age because of all the medical advances and arthritis medicines that don’t smell. They even make cute shoes that don’t have heels that are too high for us to walk in. We are living longer, healthier, more meaningful lives in our “golden years”. What are we going to do with our future?  

We have raised families, retired from careers and survived far more than we ever thought we could.  Now that we are past our peak, what are we going to do with the third act of our life? I know that I have been to every party, eaten every delicious meal and  seen everything. I have even bought everything and don’t know where half of it is.  We have lived long enough to know what is important and what is not. Situations and events that used to upset us no longer have that effect on us.

Remember when we used to “knock ourselves out” trying to please everyone? Well, I am through with that. If I haven’t already pleased you by now, you are out of luck. Now, I want to please me and I hope you do, too.  I still love to travel. I won’t live long enough to see all the places that I want to, but I am going to travel as long as I can. We still need to move forward in life as long as it is enjoyable. We also need to “pay it forward” if we can which is also part of my future plans.

I hope you have something that gives your life purpose. For me, it is my son, my book, and the Pervis Foundation. I believe that it is more blessed to give than receive, so I plan on giving when I am able. The Pervis Foundation has helped over 300 people since we began and I plan to continue as long as I can.

Now is the time for us to do whatever it is that we always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time. Now we have the time and I hope we are healthy enough to make plans.

I don’t know who said it, but I read that we are not supposed to go to our graves rested and relaxed. We are supposed to slide in sideways and worn out,  having used up all that we were given.

May we live long and prosper.

Love,

Claudreen Jackson 

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Wonderful Words of Wisdom -2 (And just in time)

If you have been listening to the news at all, or seeing what is circulating on the internet,  you know that we need some words of wisdom. As I said before, I can say that these words are wonderful because they are not my words. Some have been written many years ago and deserve repeating. If I know who wrote them, I will give them credit:

Please be patient with me. God is not through with me yet.                                  Being a human being; the continual moving forward of your personal self.                      Try to take the high road; the low road is so crowded.                          It’s the right thing to do the right thing.                                      A soft answer turneth away wrath.                     Faith is not irrational belief, it is super rational belief.                                         Faith is the substance of  things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . (Hebrews 11:1)                            The world we live in is created by the thoughts we think.                                  Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts which weaken you.

Our words and actions reverberate into the Universe, creating a pathway through which that same vibration returns to us as an experience. (Susan Taylor)                         Darkness is capable of anything.  I will not contribute to this horrifying  twilight; though the terrors of the night be all around me, still I will celebrate the light and glorify the dawn. (Rishikavi Raghudas)                                This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.

There are two ways of spreading Light; to be a candle or the mirror that reflects it. (Edith Wharton)                                  You cannot hold up a light for someone else without brightening your own path.                                       Light can chase away the darkness, but darkness can’t chase away the light.                All major religions believe that each human being contains a light inside which is pure and beautiful, but sometimes this light is covered, hidden by so much dirt. We can work on removing this dirt by making a clean place inside our minds and finding the light inside our hearts. (Susan Fine)                    The cosmic spotlight doesn’t shine on you; it radiates from within you.

 Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.                                Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. (Sloan Wilson)                                   You might not remove the irritation, but God can help you to grow past it. That’s how pearls are formed.            Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.                             All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.                                  It’s better  to have our arms linked together than our fists clenched.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)                               It is never too late to become what you might have been. (George Eliot)                               God created you and he can constantly and automatically recreate you. (Norman Vincent Peale)                                  We all have a little “pilot light” inside that never goes out. When we are depressed, or ill, or tired, we may feel that we have no light, but our pilot light is capable of growing into a flame again. (Agnes Sanford)

 We can change our feelings because we can change our thoughts about our feelings. (Wayne Dyer)                         We are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for. (Og Mandino)                    The way people treat you can make you feel like the backbone; or the behind. (Jessie Jackson) And vice versa.                           The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may be only the beginning. (Ivy Baker Priest)                              Let there be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.      

I hope that some of these words are meaningful to you. If not, I hope you can you find your own words of wisdom. We so greatly need them.

May the Power of God protect you; May the love of God enfold you.

Claudreen jackson

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Wonderful Words of Wisdom

Yes, I can say that these are wonderful words of wisdom, because they are not my words. These were not written by me, but I thought I would share some of my favorites that have inspired and uplifted me down through the years. I will give credit if I know who wrote them, but some are so old that the writer’s name has been forgotten. They have stood the test of time. We have  been hearing so few words of wisdom lately that I thought I would do my part by sharing some. I hope you do, too. 

You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand.                      You can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.                         Never argue with a fool. A passerby won’t know who is who.                     Never wrestle with a pig. You both get all dirty and the pig likes it.                    If we all moved in the same direction at the same time, the world would tip over.                       The DESIRE to do right carries with it a great power.  You are in harmony with the omnipotent plan of the Universe.                        If you don’t feel it, do it until the feelings come (T.D. Jakes)                          He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. (Proverbs 16:20)

When in doubt, don’t.                            It is not the problems in your life. It’s how you react to them. You can’t chose your circumstances, but you can choose how you react to them. Once your perception changes, the situation changes. (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale).             Growth comes when we aim for our ideal and not necessarily when we achieve it. (Sheryl Towers).                      A pessimist is an optimist with experience.                           People are like plants. Laughter is our sunshine, tears are our rain  and the _______ we take off others is our fertilizer.   

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it (Oliver Wendell Holmes)                         If you live long enough, you will make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit  (Bill Clinton).                             I believe that it is  important that our country sail, and not lie still in the harbor (John Kennedy).                             A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.         It’s not the gale, but the set of the sail that determines the way we go.               If  your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it! (Jonathan Winters).

Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up. (Brigham Young).          I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me (Noel Coward). Conflict cannot survive without your participation (Wayne Dyer).                           Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain (Lily Tomlin).                        I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time (Charles Schultz).              America is not merely a nation, but a nation of nations (Lyndon B Johnson).                 Riots are the language of the unheard (Martin Luther King).

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery (Jack Paar).                            America did not invent human rights.  In a very real sense… human rights invented America (Jimmy  Carter).                         The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously (Hubert H. Humphrey)                                   It does not take a majority to  prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’ minds  (Samuel Adams).                                   The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm.                                      You can’t help anybody else without helping yourself.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7. If you don’t like any of these words of wisdom, I hope you have some that you do like. We sure need them.

Until next time: May the love of God enfold you; May the power of God protect you.

Claudreen Jackson

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Trumpaphobia

So many of us are experiencing Trumpaphobia that I am compelled to write about the election again. We are afraid that he will do a lot of the things that he said he would do if he got elected. We have to watch and observe, but let us try not to be afraid yet. In our search for peace of mind let us remember that Barack Obama is still the president until Jan 20.

We try to respect the office of presidency, but can we respect the man who is holding the office? We usually do, but in this case, I don’t know. Isn’t Trump the man who taught us to disrespect the man in the office? How much respect did he give Obama? How much respect did he give the media? He said that the media is biased against him even though they gave him more  air time than anyone else who has ever run for president. He complains about people being inappropriate, but who was more inappropriate than he was?

How many times did Trump say that the election was rigged? Now he is complaining about a recount. I disagree with the recount, but he is the one who planted the seed of doubt in our voting system. Years ago, he complained about the electoral college being outdated. Well, it’s how he got elected, because Hillary had 2 million more popular votes than he did. I do not understand that whole situation.

 Trump has become president without following any of the usual procedures. He did not show his tax returns. He did not try to instill togetherness in the country. He has many lawsuits against him. He has many conflicts of interest in his maze of business affairs. He is parading his family before us and says that he is counting on them to take over his businesses. I believe they are capable, but I don’t believe that he is going to stay out of it. His family is the beautiful people. At least on the outside.

Many people did not like Hillary, but they weren’t afraid of her. He had planted the seed that she couldn’t be trusted. I trusted her to have the best interests of the country in mind. She has always looked out for the “little people”. She tried to reform health care when her husband was president, but they thwarted her and dismissed her efforts and all the work she had done. I admire her courage to even try for the office, because they have bullied and abused her for her whole career. Can you believe that they had her on the stand for 11 hours and could not find anything to charge her with? Yet, they still tried to shoot her down every step of the way.

Many years ago, one of our great thinkers and writers, John Kenneth Galbraith , said that elections were a choice between the disastrous and the unpalatable. It has not gotten any better. But I have read that the people best suited to run the country will not apply for the job because of all the scrutiny. So much for scrutiny with Trump. He seems to have some of the teflon that Reagan had.

I am so disappointed in our congressional leaders. They have proven themselves to be petty and personal and not fit for their positions. They decided at the beginning of Obama’s term not to co-operate with him. I have had this sinking feeling about our democracy because they have obstructed most of the good that he tried to accomplish. And thry still call themselves “leaders.’

I have great respect for Obama. He conducted himself with dignity and intelligence during his terms of office.  He was full of character and integrity. We are going to miss that. He did not get credit for all the good that he did. In fact, they seem not to care about the millions of people without health insurance in the richest nation in the world. I hope they do not undo all the good he has done.

President Jimmy Carter once said, “The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate that our democratic system is worthy of emulation”. I hope that we don’t lose any of our core values. In fact, I am writing to take advantage of my freedom of speech while I still have it.

May the Power of God protect us. May the Love of God enfold us.

Claudreen Jackson 

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Election Aftermath

This is not about autism, but sometimes I have to focus on something other than autism. This time it’s the election.

We all really need a spoonful of comfort right about now. I called this blog by that name because a spoonful is the smallest amount of anything that we can give anyone. We can all give a spoonful of comfort to someone including ourselves.

I was stunned by the election results, and at this age, it is hard to stun me. At 77, I have seen and voted in many elections. The first one I can remember being interested in was when Truman was elected. I have been disappointed by election results before, but this is the first time I have been scared for myself and for my son. I understand the protests. The election results have struck fear into the hearts of many, including me.

I have to remember the words of one of my heroes, Norman Vincent Peale. “The only thing stronger than fear is faith. When you have fear, counter it with an affirmation of faith”. No matter what we face in life, we can choose how we respond to it. I choose to respond with faith. Faith in our Democracy and our political checks and balances. Trump has surprised and stunned us every step of the way. Let us hope that he surprises us again by being a better president than we expect.

Do I have faith in our President-Elect? I am trying to keep an open mind, which, at this point is all that I can do. President Obama has asked us to keep an open mind and give President-elect Trump a chance. I know that is difficult for some of us, because half the country is scared and disappointed and are voicing their disappointment. Now is the time when some of us are angry and depressed to remember Karma. Karma means that what you put out into the Universe is what you get back from the Universe.

I saw a pastor on TV asking the question, “Could it be  that the bigger our trials and tribulations, the more it pulls out of us, the more we have to grow?” Those of us who are parents of a child with handicaps already know this. We have been forced to grow. I remember when PJ was born in 1975, I was 35 years old. I thought I was “grown”.  I have grown so much more since he came into my life. I am thankful for my growth. Let us hope that this is a time of growth for our country and for our President-elect.

I am so proud of President Obama. He has conducted himself with dignity and intelligence through his whole presidency and is holding on to that dignity and intelligence through this transition period. He said that he will help Trump every step of the way. That if Trump succeeds, our country succeeds. Trump said that he will seek counsel from Obama as he makes the transition. We will see.

President Obama reminded us that he is still the president, that our country only has one president at a time. He is trying to reassure us that there is only so much that the president can accomplish because our Democracy has built in checks and balances. Now, he is on an overseas trip and has to reassure our allies. I was on a cruise in June and met people from around the world, who talked to me about Trump. Every conversation was surprise and fear of what would happen if he got elected. I was asked.’How did he get so far?” My answer was that I don’t know. I still don’t know. Nor do our journalists and commentators, who are presenting theories about how the election was won by Trump.

President Obama reminds us that the office is bigger than the man. He advised the Democrats that they have work to do. He said that they have to start at the grassroots level and work hard to see that our core values are not lost. I think that is the reason for the fear. We feel that our core values are threatened. I really hope not, because I am a double minority and my son is a triple minority. His category would be one of the casualties if we don’t retain our core values.

One of my spoonfuls of comfort is the scriptures. I choose to remember  Romans 24 and 25.  “For we are saved by hope. But hope seen is not hope, for what a man or woman seeth is not hope. But if we hope for that we seeth not, then we do with patience wait for it”.

Until next time, May the Love of God enfold you: May the Power of God protect you.

Claudreen Jackson 

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Old Age Discoveries

(Taking a break from autism).

I don’t have anything bad to say about old age because the alternative is unacceptable. Those of us past the age of 70 with our health intact (mostly) and our mental abilities intact (mostly) are greatly blessed. We should be grateful. I know that I am old, but I don’t have the time to be “Old”, and I can make that decision.  Romans 12:2 tells us “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Once we renew our mind, we can work on renewing and restoring our body.

I have discovered that you are only as old as you feel. When I felt old, I was “old”. Once I decided that I wasn’t ready to be old, I started doing things differently (eating better, yoga, drinking more water, etc.) All the things that the experts have told us to do. The experts on aging say that we are living longer than ever before. They say that we have to counteract the wear and tear on our body by exercise and taking supplements.

I have discovered that the wisdom and experience we have gained through these years will help us manage our future. I have discovered that we still have a future. We have Life in us yet, and we can still make a contribution to Life. We can’t let younger people count us out because we do have wisdom and experience. We are living in the best of times to be old. George Burns said, “You have to get older, but you don’t have to get old”. I know some old people who are “old”,  but I also know some who are young (like me). What makes the difference?

I have been re-reading “The Greatest Miracle In The World”, by Og Mandino. He is one of my Heroes that I mentioned in my book, “Inspired By Autism”.  Mr. Mandino reminds us that our body is constantly renewing itself, even when we are old. Our heart, lungs, brain, skin, etc are created to constantly recreate us. This had such an impact on me, that when Mr. Mandino came to town, I just had to meet him and tell what an impact he had on my life. I was greatly surprised that he mentioned meeting me in one of his books, “The Secrets For Success & Happiness”.  I was greatly honored.

I’ve discovered that we are survivors. Look at what we’ve been through. Look at all the crises that we have survived. Look at all that we thought was going to be our undoing, but we came through it.  Og Mandino says that we can adjust to any climate, any hardship, any challenge. Joel Osteen says that the troubles that come in your life do not come to break you, that God never intended for you to go through something and get nothing from it. Our trials and tribulations have made us stronger and wiser. Think of all the mistakes that we will never make again. Think of all we have to offer because of what we’ve been through.

Think of all the times  in our life that we’ve had to try to  “hold  it together”. We did! Think of all the times that we’ve had to “get it together”. We did! Think of the times when we finally got it together, but forgot where we put it. (that’s me). We know that we have more past than future, so let’s try to make our future count. 

“For we are saved by hope, but hope seen is not hope. For what a man or woman seeth, why does he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then we do with patience wait for it”.  Romans 8:24,25.

Until next time,’May the Power of  God protect you; May the Love of God enfold you.

Claudreen Jackson

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Puushing 80

Pushing 80. That’s me. So now I am feeling the urgency of old age, but I don’t have the time to get old yet.  I am still trying to accomplish goals for autism. I am trying to make sure that my son will have a good quality of life after I am gone. I feel great for my age, but how much time do I have left? I just heard about the death of a 40 year old acquaintance, so I realize that death has no age.

What if I don’t live to see the fruits of my labor? What will happen to my son? He is so much better now, but he is still handicapped by autism, and I still don’t have any answers.  His father, Pervis Jackson Sr was so sure that we could accomplish something meaningful for people with autism. It was his goal, which is why we formed the Pervis Jackson Autism Foundation. I am pushed by both the Pervises to continue to try to help others, but it would have been easier with my husband’s help. He died so suddenly that I am aware of how fast circumstances can change.

I am so thankful that old age is not what it used to be. We seniors have redefined old age. 70 is now the new 50. I remember when I was old. I was trying to manage the arthritis pain in my knees and shoulders. Various body parts were dropping or drooping. I felt weary and worn.  I realized that if you lived long enough, these things were bound to happen. Old age had come to me and I would have to adjust. I thought about who I would give my high-heeled shoes too,  who I would get to run errands for me.

I thought about the old people that I knew when I was a child, how they looked, (toothless and bent over), how they smelled (liniment). Now I was one of them. Oh well, this is inevitable if you live long enough. I was old for about two months. Then, I realized that I was not ready to be old.

I thought about Phyllis Diller, the comedian. When they asked her about getting old, her reply was. “I was old, I didn’t like it”.  I agreed with Phyllis.  I was not going to be old before my time. I thought about one of my heroes, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He said that the attitude is more important than the fact, that if you can’t change the fact, you can change your attitude about the fact. I had changed my attitude about autism, now I would have to change my attitude about old age.

This is actually  the best time in history to be old. They make arthritis medicine that doesn’t smell. They make solutions for dropping or drooping body parts. Us old folks now can buy teeth and hair. They make pretty shoes that don’t have high heels. Medical advancements have made treatments and medications that help keep us young. You are only as old as you feel.

I started back doing yoga for exercise. I started drinking more water and eating more nutritious foods. You know, all the healthy things that we are told to do. I started feeling better.  My mind and my Spirit are still young.  You have the same Spirit in old age that you have when you are young.   That was a close call. I decided not to be old, yet. There are still many things that I want to do. I still want to travel and see more of the world. I still want to speak for my son who can’t speak for himself. I still want to enjoy life.

Until next time I leave you with the words of Psalm 92:14, “They will still bear fruit in old age. They will remain fresh and flourishing.”

May the love of God enfold you. May the Power of God protect you.

Claudreen Jackson

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