A letter to my friend on turning 50

I wrote this letter for my friend who was turning 50. I am sharing this with all the women who are on this wonderful journey called life.

On Turning 50

Dear ______

How time flies. It seems like only yesterday when we were facing our 40’s. Now we are all in our 50’s. Thanks to _____, who had the great idea of sharing the experiences and wisdom we gathered along the way, here are mine:
1.) Life is only about getting close to God. Nothing else matters.
2.) I can only change one person…that’s me. We cannot change another. If we want to change someone, talk to God about the person, and let it be.
3.) Everyone and everything are gifts from God. The annoying person at the office, in church, or neighbor is a gift only because that person can point out the dark side of our nature, the side that needs improvement, to get us even closer to God.
4.) As we mature and reread the books we read before, we realize that there are many things we missed when we were younger, but are crystal clear now, simply because of the experiences we went through.
5.) We experience many physical and emotional changes, peri-menopause and menopause can be baffling, confusing, and mystifying. We will go through different experiences, but in the end, God sends people and remedies if we just trust in Him.
6.) We are in transit on earth. Everything we do must be for the greater glory of God. As such, no matter what our day may have been, at the end of the day, we can only define our day as a success if we showed one person in our words and/or deeds, the beauty of a child of God.
7.) Finally, I’d like to wish you a very happy, fulfilled, and contented life, not only for your 50th, but for the rest of your blessed life.

With love,