Each life has a set of lessons to be learned as we live our lives on this earth.  Some are the same, some are different.  Some are for our spiritual growth, some are for other’s spiritual growth.  And some are ones we help or get help from others and some we have to learn on our own.

There is a point in our life when we review our life.  Usually in a later phase — the 70’s or 80’s depending on when the situation of the final stage occurs.  Or maybe a huge life altering event forces this to occur.  Anyway, it’s a point where a person sometimes has no choice but to look back through the years and review.  Albert Brooks (not Mel Brooks!) made a movie in which he starred in called “How to Defend Your Life”.  After seeing this movie and a couple others he made if he is still alive, he would be a person I would love to spend a day getting acquainted— but that’s a different blog.  If you get the chance and can find it, watch it.

Some events create the life review are the people who have had a life-after-death experience.  When you talk to someone who has experience this, you realize the people who have written books on this subject have not dreamed these stories or made them up.  Everyone this author has heard about took the experience and reviewed life with altering attitudes.  This is what a real review does to a life: alters one’s attitude.  That’s why a certain age is really not a criteria.  However, when a parent reaches the 70′ or 80’s, many Elder Care experts recommend a life story should be their occupying project.  The parent or whoever doesn’t have to be a writer, it helps if they have some memory and thinking powers though!  There are stories to be told. One would think even just listening to the person talk about the things life showed them would be good enough.  It would be like the time a child was present when their parent was around the table talking about what happened when they were kids.  This time if the “child” made the mistake of asking a question revealing they were present the response hopefully wouldn’t be “What are you doing here?  You have enough ideas to get into trouble without any more.”  Then removed from the conversation thinking, “Note to self: remain silent and ask questions later when they can’t ban you from the room.”

People who have experienced some major physical change have been forced into a “life reviewing” situation.  These situations show us what we really are.  What is inside becomes more important because our physical body is in a crisis mode and one is not accustomed to it being there.  Biggest part of the attitude change is relying on what is inside because  the physical part of us is compromised in some way.  Growing older is a slow process of this compromise and the adjustment sometimes is addressed on levels instead of all at once.

All of us on this earth are here to learn a set of lessons.  Some are the same as those who grow older with us and many are different.  Someone near to us or someone we only read about can teach us what we need to grow into the person we are supposed to be.  Some of our lessons will be easy, some more difficult.  Some will be long and some short.  Hopefully, not many will be repeated, getting very long and very difficult.  And if they seem impossible— may the Lord be with you and surround you with truly loving people.