One of the most amazing men I ever met was back in 1991. I was listening to my ‘walkman’ on a work break and a man came up to me and asked to sit next to me on the park bench.

I had watched him walk towards me, and he had a slight limp, looked happy, about 60 years old. He asked me what I was holding (my walkman). He noticed my surprise about his inquiry- since he looked young and didn’t know my tech.

I invited him to sit next to me and we chatted. Out of the blue, he asked me how old I thought he was. I looked at him closely. Decently tan skin, full head of hair, only a bit of gray, very few wrinkles (texture 🙂 ), he was sharp in the mind…. so I said about 60.

He chuckled with a big grin, then proudly shared he was 95!!!

Next, he whipped out his driver’s license and showed it to me. Yep! He was 95!

He then proceeded to tell me about how he kept in such great shape. His number one secret: Drinking water!!

He shared with me that when he would go “up to old, wrinkled, shriveled up people” and offer them a glass of water, almost always they turned him down quick.

The lesson was wrapped up quickly with his analogy of a raisin and a grape.

He asked: what is a grape? It’s round, smooth, taught skin and filled to the brim with water.

Then he asked: what is a raisin? A shriveled up, dried up grape. His last question to me: Which one do you want to be?

When it comes to our physicals, I’ll take being a grape any day!  In fact, at times when I feel like I have had enough water for the day, but I know that actually, I have not, his analogy pops in my head.  Also- when I see my skin looking dry and even a bit ‘shriveled’ – all I have to do is quickly count up how much water I have (and have not) consumed- and his words ring true.    I’m reinspired to go drink more water.

His analogy goes deeper than just our skin, though.  It works with our thinking, our actions and our quality of life.

Think about it.  Grapes are abundant, quenched and filled to the brim with life infusing and life-saving water and nutrients.  We can go for a long time without food. We cannot go a long time without water.

Now consider this:  when you strive for abundance, a life filled to the brim with goodness, joy, peace, happiness, blessings- are you doing the things to keep your mind healthy and hydrated? Are you taking action to align with people who are positive? Who will nourish you inside and out? Are you doing things that create good in the world?

Or- are your focus, words, intentions, actions and sphere of influence (the people you know and hang out with the most) focused on the ‘less than, dried up, poverty, cup half empty’ side of things? Do you only see the negative in situations? Are your words the kind that spread rumors, gossip, filled with anger, despise, hatred, unkind, jealousy- the kind of words that are void of nourishment?  Basically- shriveled up?

Many people think that words do not matter. But they do. Words start with thoughts, and thoughts reveal the heart.

What you say, how you act, what you think, reflects how you feel.  Your words influence what you do. They influence how people perceive you. They influence the opportunities that do- or do not – appear in your life.

Every human has the right to their thoughts and feelings. Every human has the same 24 hours in a day. Every human has the ability to CHOOSE how they think, how they act, what they say, and what they do.

If your life right now is starting to shrivel up like a raisin due to lack of hydration, nourishment of the things that can bless and fulfill you- it’s time to re-hydrate. Make a move. Change your environment.  Go seek out the people, situations, surroundings that can make you feel good about yourself, your world.  Take Action to hydrate. It’s not hard to do. Make the decision to BE the grape. Then seek to find the wellsprings that will support yourself with the nourishment you need.

If you are already a grape- what are you doing to maintain that status? Grapes can change to raisins quickly.  We need to care for them to help them last long.   Grapes come from vines that, when cared for properly, can last decades, if not longer.  You can sustain the abundance but you have to be sure to do the actions that are required to produce abundance.

So….I encourage you to drink your water each day, do the things that nourish your body, your soul, your mind your spirit.  Do the things that it takes top have abundance in friends, family, and business.

It’s your choice. Always your choice for how your life plays out. You are in control of your thoughts. You can choose to be the raising or the grape.

For me, I’ll always strive to be the grape. Which one do you want to be? A raisin or a grape?

Debbra Sweet