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!
Awesome post Nicole! Thank you for sharing your insight and understanding of this continuation chapter! The writing of #CharlesHaanel is so rich, I get something more out of it each time I read it. Loved hearing your take on this chapter! 🙂
Laura, Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog!
Nicole, how true you are. Only you can define you always. Thanks for blogging. From your blog rover friend John.
Thank you for saying so, John! have a great day!
Another fine blog Nicole, what great insights!
Thank you for saying so:)
Pamela Anne Schwarz
So beautifully put, Nicole! Love the pics, too!
Scott W McAvoy
It is so refreshing to read your perspective on #25 in the Lost Keys. You are a great story teller, I feel like I am reading it all over again with a ‘new perspective’…one I never considered before. Thanks for sharing and caring. I look forward to reading your other Blogs.
Thank you, Scott:) I’m glad I could offer you something refreshing!
Thanks, Pamela! I try to use my own pics when I can:)
Nicole, this is an awesome explanation of the age/7 year cycle. I think we as women are ruled much more by the age number than men are due to all the conditioning we have had from the media, etc. I love the sentence, “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 .” Thanks for the great read.
Thank you so much Linda! The chapter really did give me a new perspective!