How many of us grapple with our age as the years go by. People say its “just a number”. I know in my head it is, but my heart does not feel that way. Why? What is it that I keep so focused on that the number seems more daunting as the years go on? When I read Haanel, with the Master Key Experience, this week, I was blown away that he had the answers to this question!
The lost keys…
Haanel writes of the prejudice we have about age. He nails each image I have. “At 20 years, I see a youth adorned with all the juvenile graces, at 40, the summit has been reached” and we begin to “turn towards the abyss”. At 50, we are “halfway down the slope”. It’s no wonder I feel almost exactly as he writes.
Seasons come and seasons go with the lost keys…
What if we look at our lives as seasons, or cycles if you prefer. Each 7 years is a growth cycle. Some of us who have circled the globe 40 years are far older, through life experience and use of thought, than others who have done the same. By looking at the growth cycles, it becomes much more representative for us as individuals. We observe the “law of 7” in many areas on the globe from the days of the week, the phases of the moon and the harmonies of sound. Does it not stand to reason we may also experience this law in our own lives.
The lost keys explains our lives as periods of birth, growth and fruitage. And each 7 years brings the beginning of a new cycle. It is no wonder people experience “the 7 year itch”, the “mid-life crisis” or “the empty nest syndrome”. These all fall within the 7 year cycles and what kind of growth we are experiencing. As I read all this in the Master Key Experience, I realized I am way more than my age.
I am what I will to be! So it implies in the lost keys!
My age, or my season helps me understand where I am right now but it does not define me. I am the only one who can define me . My memories, my experiences, my world as I have come to see, can still evolve and there are plenty of seasons still waiting for me to discover my true self. I am simply in a period of infancy where I am absorbing everything I am learning. I still have plenty of time to reach my fruitage! I plan to enjoy the journey and where it takes me!