"Don’t just count your years, make your years count." — George Meredith
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It's been said that the more birthdays you have, the brighter you glow.
This is true while basking in the glow of candles on a birthday cake and it's also true when we don't just count the years, but make the years count. After all, if we're the same today as we were last year (or ten or twenty years ago) then we may be going through life, but we're certainly not growing or glowing through life.
Last year on my birthday, I shared a list of people who's greatest successes came later in life—the people who proved with their presence the notion that "the best is yet to come." This year, I add one name to that list.
The past 52 weeks have been transformative as I've continued to help people experience abiding joy in my work as a Facilitator of Fascination and Purveyor of Positivity, and this month a new milestone has been achieved.
In 2001, I began a program of study to become a music teacher, a goal that has taken until this month to achieve—two decades later. Today, on my birthday, I am setting up the music room at an elementary school, preparing for the arrival of my new students in just a few short weeks.
It feels surreal to incorporate this old dream into my current reality. I was a very different person when I first began this journey, and today I can say with full confidence that I am more prepared to help these students experience the joy of music than I ever would have been had it happened sooner.
Everything in it's own time, but only when we don't just count the years, but make the years count. After all, the more birthdays you have, the brighter you can glow.
How have the years provided fuel to allow your light to shine bright?
If you're ready to glow through the years, then get started today with a strategy session to discuss your challenges, goals, and obstacles. Abiding joy is waiting for you.
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.