A group of older adults was once asked, “What three things would you do differently if you had your life to live over again?” Here are their top three answers:
I wish I could be more reflective.
I wish I could have been more courageous.
I wish I could have contributed more.
We may wish we could live differently in these ways. The good news is that
we can do so. Insofar as we do, we are living a life of faith. Faith is a gift and
The faithful person is reflective. He or she steps back from the rush of time’s
river to consider personal experience in the light of eternity.
The faithful person demonstrates courage. By resting in God, that person becomes able to do and to endure with a courage more moral than physical.
The faithful person is a contributor. Aware of blessings, that person welcomes ways to serve and give, distributing assets to further the common good.
Reflection, courage, contributions—these can be regrets that haunt our later years or can be, whatever our age, characteristic of how we live. You decide!
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington