My son and his wife sent me a lovely book for my 67th birthday about the work of Japan's most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), known in this country especially for “The Great Wave.” The lovely note they included with the book read, “We've just been to a lecture at the British Museum on this artist's life and work. He lived until 90 and did his most famous work after the age of 70! You're still a spring chicken in comparison.” 

In that same spirit of “can do” mindset about aging, my guest, Connection Messenger* Annette Petrick shares some simple wisdom and a bit of whimsy that will gently remind us not to limit ourselves, whether by age or circumstance. I know it will make you smile! Use the audio player above to listen to this 90-second show. Annette gives a little back story below. 

Retirement from one phase of life opens doors for the next phase. Those of us with the strength and stamina to burst on through can create elegant, important or inspiring new segments. 

Much to my surprise, opportunities kept presenting themselves, as the decades passed by.  Who knew there remained so much joy, so many chances to give back for all the blessings received. 

Those are the thoughts I wanted to convey with this story.  When I started writing, the words began to rhyme.  Syllables and sounds chimed together and clamored to be versed.   

So –

This story is presented, with full poetic treasures
to celebrate life’s many parts, each blessed with joy and pleasures.
The best part of the story is knowing at the start
it just gets richer, day by day, and comes straight from my heart.

Listen on, please (Click the player above).



Annette Petrick for Consider This

Annette Petrick

Annette Petrick is the creative genius and inspired storyteller behind the Consider This Radio Show, featuring dozens of colorful 90-second episodes serving up “timely perspectives on life, love, friends, family, giving back, and giving thanks.” You'll laugh, cry, rant, cheer, or remember. Be sure to get on her email list HERE to receive a new episode every Sunday morning.


* What's a Connection Messenger? At Heartspoken, a Connection Messenger is someone who helps point the way to strengthening one of life's essential connections: with God, with self, with others, or with nature. 

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