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Subject:  "And now, for the rest of the story " Date:  11/25/2000  4:55 PM
Author:  riverlad Number:  5670 of 20599

Paraphrasing commentator Paul Harvey, perhaps these years could be simply stated as "the rest of our lives." Not as romantic, to be sure, as some titles, but for those with less financial opportunities or limitations of health, a realistic view that we have the responsibility to make the most of every day. We all have resources, no matter how limited, and the challenge and joy of living is to use them well on our own terms - not to emulate or compete with anyone else.

For those in poverty or pain, the concept of Golden or Jubilee Years can seem quite remote. And, when such a person compares his lot with the idealized retirees glowingly pictured in Modern Maturity, etc., the reaction is often one of bitterness and frustration. Yet, even within relatively limiting circumstances, there's the potential for happiness and fulfillment. With some soul-searching to discover what's really important to us, it's entirely possible to make the "rest of our lives," the "best of our lives."
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