I came to the realization today that I am having an identity crisis. At the ripe old age of 66, I am well into the second half phase of my life, but I still am looking for identity in what I have done or who I have been in the past even though I realize that “me” does not exist anymore except in my subconscious, and just being aware of this fact does not instantly make all those old thought patterns change. They have to be taken out by the roots and replaced with new ones that serve me well where I am now, and I am finding that is an ongoing process of learning to live in the “now”, in the awareness that now is all there really is. The past is gone and the future lies somewhere ahead, but in reality, where I am now is the sum total of my thoughts in the past and where I will be tomorrow is being created by my thoughts today, right now.
We do have choice, but the only real choice is to monitor and be aware of what I am thinking now because, for better or worse, those thoughts are creating my future Now.
Wholly unprepared, we embark upon the second half of life. Or are there perhaps colleges for forty-year-olds which prepare them for their coming life and its demands as the ordinary colleges introduce our young people to a knowledge of the world? No, thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.
“Faith is the ability to see the invisible and believe in the incredible and that is what enables believers to receive what the masses think is impossible.”
“One thing is certain, if you don’t take control of your thoughts something or someone else will…” Gregg Swanson – Warrior Mind
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]”.
ROMANS 12:2 AMP