Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Birthday Lost and Found

It's six days till my "officially old" 65th birthday.

One of the things I've noticed is that I am losing more and more people I know through death. I've also lost lots of other things....(even more) hair, a bit of memory, keys, glasses, some savings, important papers and other things that have surely walked away from where I remember putting them. My visual and hearing acuity ain't what they used to be. I lose sleep and energy. And occasionally my wife, whats-her-name, tells me I'm losing my mind. I've even lost her a couple times, along with my car in parking lots.

But interestingly, as I get older I've also found some things. Moments with my family have become more precious. Time with my dogs and cats snuggled around me bring me more contentment than they used to. Sunsets seem more spectacular and rain more soft and gentle. I have found that there is little - including past mistakes, current politics and evolving religious beliefs - worth arguing about. I figure as long as God knows what He and I are both doing and thinking, and He loves me as I am, the opinions of others just really don't matter much.

I've found that people who believe that their way is always right, and who have all the answers, amuse me. That in itself can keep me smiling inside most of the day. The bottom line is that none of us know all the answers; none of us are always right; and God alone has control and knows how it will all turn out in the end.

I've found that I get far more joy from the most simple things. I've found that my love for my wife grows more and more every day. (She probably won't like being in the same paragraph as "simple things.") A peanut butter sandwich or a can of soup is often far more satisfying to me than a gourmet restaurant meal. Gosh, I'm even beginning to like soccer! Our recent trip to Colorado, spending time with great friends and seeing the glory of the mountains, has become a gift that I will never forget.

I'm not thrilled about getting older....but if I keep finding more wondrous things, maybe it's not so bad after all.

Tomorrow night we're supposed to go see the Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry House. I'm looking forward to enjoying it with my wife/best friend. Now if I can just find those tickets...


Lilla said...

And what about spending time with those glorious friends of yours who live in Colorado? Remember...the ones who watched you get into a poor stranger's car at the Garden of the Gods? Wasn't that fun?

JOE and JANE said...

Friends, yes. The car part was more fun for you and Ethel than it was for me.

Joe said...

Joe, your comment about losing your memory and other things along with it reminded me of a Tom Rush song. If you go to YouTube, search on Tom Rush, then play the video about The Remember Song, you'll see what I mean. Hope you enjoy,
Joe Foster