It’s Still Not Too Late at Ninety-Eight

Do you ever kick yourself for opportunities you let slip through your fingers?

Are there times you reflect upon “what might have been” if you had taken another path or made different choices?

Have you given up on any of your dreams?

Well, let me introduce you to Captain James Arruda Henry. Captain James didn’t learn to read until he was ninety years old and, after mastering both reading and writing, wrote a book when he was  ninety-eight. Impressive and inspiring, right?

English novelist, George Eliot once said that “it is never too late to be what you might have been” and I believe it.

What goals have you set for yourself for the next five years? What dreams do you hope to achieve? Five years from today you’ll be five years older than you are today and you could have fulfilled those dreams, you could be on the way to fulfilling them, or you could be exactly where you are today–still dreaming.

Today, on the first day of spring and my dad’s birthday (who would have been ninety-four today), I encourage you to keep dreaming and keep reaching for those dreams. Be they simple or grand they are your dreams. Take a step, take a class, make a list, spend some time in quiet reflection, lift those dreams up in prayer, but do something to move yourself farther along on your journey.

Call them dreams, visions, hopes, desires, or passions, we’ve all got them them. Commit to them, believe in them, and don’t give up on them. Ever.

What dreams are you making plans to achieve?



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.

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