On my visit around the blogosphere this morning searching for new WFMW tips, I found this article by Janie B. Cheaney on Jamie's site.
It starts out with a slap to the face:
Let me guess: Ten years ago, you never expected to be where you are today. If you could have looked down the corridors of time and seen yourself with a thoughtless husband and screaming kids and a mortgage on a house filled with days too much alike—well, you might have croaked in your youthful bloom. But that's not the point. Where you are at age 29 depends mostly on circumstance. Where you are at 39 depends mostly on character.
I've been pondering my life more than usual lately - now that two months have passed and I can now almost admit it without stuttering: I'm f-f-f-forty.
Is my life heading the direction that reflects my deepest values? What things have I learned? What would I change? Could I ever have anticipated this?
The article concludes:
Look ahead to where you'll be in 10 years, and set your course: dry and embittered, or a fruitful vine within your house?
More posts to come on these topics. I'd like to invite you to do some pondering along with me.