Consider Colonel Sanders started KFC at 65 (#SquareUp Day 6)

For today’s square photo, these seeds tumbled my way one day while writing in the yard.

Seeds are little powerhouses of life and energy. Potential.

Recently, I was on a walk and saw these tall trees. The one standing high above the rest reminded “me” to stand tall and strong. 

Isn’t it cool how so much growth comes from one small, starter seed?

I was reminded to lift my head up. Straighten up a bit – and smile.

Let us all remember that what we do “to keep our life alive” starts with seed planting. The sum of many parts and the little things add up.

Also….

It is not too late to start tackling that dream you always had.  It is not too late to start that hobby you maybe just mused over. Or maybe it is time to start playing that instrument you only thought about playing in grade school – you know – where maybe you felt like you already missed the boat by the time you made it to high school?  sigh  Or maybe you need to turn that hobby into a small business.  Maybe it is time. 

Consider the Colonel Sanders story:

Did you know that Colonel Sanders was 65 when he started KFC? He had passion, grit, and a serious need for money.  He had an idea that combined with years of seasoning – to all come together as he hit the pavement and went town to town pitching his idea about fried chicken. This was long before the crappy and dangerous canola and vegetable oils hit the market, but Colonel Sanders took years of living to get moving on an idea and help his retirement. Stop feeling like you missed the boat (if you feel that way) and maybe start thinking about something that can enrich your life – something unique for you. It might not be a business – but think about some seeds you can plant to make 2021 have growth that helps you thrive. 

More of the Sanders story: 

“At the age of 65, Colonel Harland Sanders was facing a crisis. Like many older adults today, he was looking at an uncertain future. His restaurant had failed and he was left only with his savings and the prospect of a $105 monthly Social Security check.”

Regardless of the number of times that Colonel Sanders was rejected, Colonel Sanders story should give all of us hope.” Source 

Now okay, it might be too late for some dreams and goals – because life circumstances dictate realistic limits – but you get the message here, right?  We all have small and large “great works” that make up our life’s essence. Some folks feel old at 30, some feel limited at 40 –  and some just do not realize their energy and current potential. 

Let us remember how Satchel Paige talked about age: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”  I also think of this “age topic” because recently TobyMac (A Christian hip-hop kind of singer) made an album that is one of my favorite albums. And I got to thinking – what if TobyMac said he was too old to make that kind of music? What if he let “agism” stain his thoughts and actions?  What if he let faulty perceptions of being “too old” creep in and make him start doing something he thought he needed to do because of age. Instead, my friends, TobyMac stayed doing what he does so well – his style of music (that I dd not really like with the earlier stuff) but he stayed doing what he does — and it led to some of his greatest works (IMO).

Does this inspire you even a little to keep in mind that you have some “great work” to still do? Maybe not starting a business – or making an album  — maybe nothing too grand — but truly great! You are not done yet and things will unfold when you stay doing what you do?

So keep on keeping on… 🙂 

Closing TobyMac song:

#SquareUp Day 6

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47 thoughts on “Consider Colonel Sanders started KFC at 65 (#SquareUp Day 6)

        1. “Everything.” A couple of my favorites are “Move (Keep Walkin’)” and “Love Broke Through”, but I like pretty much all of his. My other favorite singer/group is Casting Crowns. They have great lyrics and wonderful harmony.

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    1. Carol! Thanks for that njce quote – it added a nice touch
      Also – reminds me of the saying about how the best time to plant an oak tree was 30 years – and second best time is now – it go and share with the one who planted back then – something like that 🌳🌳🌳

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    1. Oh Cindy – what a good idea with the winter garden !
      I just saw one of our trees have little buds and it reminded spring will be here before we know it – although I am embracing winter too because I do love cold sweater weather and like the change of seasons

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      1. I’m hopeful I will get some treasured food. I did get a lot of Kale I harvested yesterday so I’m hopeful! The seasons move so fast you’re so right so it’s good to enjoy them… but truth be told, I love the sunny days ❤️

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  1. This inspirational post prompts me to mention that I have often in the past felt the inclination to write a diary but never considered I had enough time. I began my blogging diary just short of my 70th birthday.

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    1. Hey Derrick! Right on and right on.
      I think you should do something with your photography and maybe you can combine some of that with diary entries – hmmmmm
      But your example of starting this diary at 70 is a chilling example of what I think I was getting at here!! Gracias for that ((and to think I felt my oldest at the age of 20)

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  2. Well this was inspiring! I started writing “novels” before I turned 10…never got past the first 15 pages, but at the time I was determined to publish a book in my teens. In my teens I decided I was going to publish a book before I turned twenty. When I was twenty, I was going to publish before twenty-five…so on and so forth. Here I am now, just turned 40 last Friday and still not published. I have completed works that have the potential of being taken to that next step, but because I’ve been at it for SO long, it seems like a pipe dream at this point. I’m discouraged with myself and sometimes feel I “missed the boat”, even though in my right mind, I know writing is ageless. Still though… I love reading stories of successful people who didn’t even start till their later years. Makes me feel like I’m not alone, and it IS still possible. Good read 🙂

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    1. Oh wow – I had no idea that you had writing and publishing goals in your life for this long!
      And my son wrote a handful of small boos when he was younger – and at his 20th birthday party we found one of his books (about a boy and his dog and it actually makes was pretty good and should maybe be taken to the next step)
      But on the inside author page it said “this is — — fifth book” and his friends had a chick or with that! We all did
      Anyhow
      As I mentioned to you before – I think our ear Keri conversations comment chatting was whispering in may
      Mind when I I wrote this post! So thaw is for the inspiration
      And I am doing the January’ squares daily and trying to be in the moment with them as opposed
      To planning them out –
      Anyhow – your comment here today relates to another topic I have been churning – and author Liz Gaffeau talked about how she spent a lot of time in a book draft and it never panned out to be an actual book.
      I am going to see if I can get her to expound on that and I will link you when the post unfolds (or if)
      But it reminds me of what you wrote for two reasons
      1) remember the process is just as important as the end result when it comes to some things – and even though the many writing projects you had did not reach a certain finished status – that is only a smal part of what it connected in your life with
      Because all that writing and exploring ideas and projects kept feeing your creativity cycle and kept you alive as a writer and human – further – when I read something like this I see a person who is yielding and flexible – and sometimes the delays you speak of happened because maybe you saw the bigger picture – let god lead – and maybe didn’t force something that was not meant to be forced!
      The other thing – is that it will help you when it comes time to bring some writing projects to the next level – all that life drawing and experience you ha e will
      Continue to add to your deep signature style – which I already feel from your blog posts!
      And some authors are “b-flat” with their out out and maybe it is because they forced completions – forced a project to go all the way – or failed to value the delay or side trails that were needed for their essence

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your story – – I know a few folks can really relate and it was so connected to what I was getting at here – ☀️😊☀️

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        1. There were a few standouts in your reply, for instance, “all that writing and exploring ideas and projects kept feeing your creativity cycle and kept you alive as a writer and human”. Writing has definitely gotten me through some hard times. I truly feel it kept me going as a writer and human when my “real life” seemed to be crumbling. Also, “maybe didn’t force something that was not meant to be forced!” THIS!! When I revisit works I once considered complete, I find things to alter/adjust and am far happier with the result. Very kind of you to say, “Continue to add to your deep signature style – which I already feel from your blog posts!” I’m not much of a reader…for one, I don’t have the attention span to finish a novel, and two, I like to think I keep my voice without outside influence. My original reply to you was written much better than this, but this is the gist of what I wanted to say lol Your support has meant a lot to me, and I’m thrilled to have you in my “tribe” 🙂

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  3. I love this – I turn 70 this month but that number absolutely does not register. Do I have one or two physical limitations? Sure – but I can still exercise, play on the floor with grandkids etc. Live your life and forget your age!!

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    1. wonderful quote amiga: “Live your life and forget your age”

      and you can still click that shutter and click that publish button – so keep on doing that clicking 🙂

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  4. Such a great message, my friend! I love the Colonel Sanders story, and from the reader’s comments it inspired most of us. Thank, Yvette!!!

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    1. Hi Marsha – thanks – and as we both know – we need to be reminded of some things again and again and again – part of how we stay encouraged!

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        1. Umm – I always used to tell people about my age and my mother would admonish me saying “a lady never tells her age.” I think I have quit telling people my age. 🙂 I was highlighting my light brown hair, then my stylist said “you have to do low lights too.” I said “okay” but I have to say she was adding too much blonde and a darker brown … I really didn’t care for the look as I looked like a tiger (IMO). I suggested (nicely as she’s a super person and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings) that I wanted to return to the natural look she had done for years, to no avail. So I went April, July and October – in the Winter I wear a hat (October to April). I couldn’t see her in April as they shuttered hair salons and they didn’t open until Summer sometime. I did my dental cleaning and eye doc and allergy shots (monthly) and said hair can wait. Now it’s been since October 2019 since I saw her. I cut it myself (not the layers just the bottom- I have long hair with long layers) and the highlights are growing out gracefully so I’m not going back. I’m sad to do that, but I made suggestions how I wanted it to look, so this is an easy way out. A fellow blogger Laurie – Meditations in Motion) turned 64 on Monday and ran 6.4 miles for her birthday – she suggested I walk 6.5 miles … I don’t know if that’s doable that early in the year unless we have a mild Winter and I can keep walking at least 4-5 miles daily consistently as I don’t own a treadmill. I may do it, but do kilometers since my year-end goal is in kilometers anyway.

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