How amazing that we have 24 hours a day…12 months a year to do things in life…and people still complain. Some don’t know what to do with themselves….are bored and sit in front of the TV…becoming depressed…when the world is out there just waiting!
I found a man who has just turned 99. He is up in the early morning…planting plants, watering and fertilizing and in general making everything around the community more beautiful. People often mistake his yard for a city park.
Asked if he has written his memoirs, he hasn’t. He is probably too busy. I asked about where he grew up and it was in Carolina and Ohio…with some Native American (Cherokee) in his ancestry. I think it is probably my future to spend some time hearing his story. It might make a great book someday…and lives like his don’t happen too often. He is still married to the same woman. His wife says they have been married “forever” and she is also a sweetheart. Yes, she was and is his sweetheart. They were young once and still beautiful in their own way.
A kind and gentle smile, he walked behind a huge bush that he grew…making a little space for him to get through to tend to the plant.
I teased him that it was really a “place to hide out”. He teased back, “No, they will put my ashes here someday.”
Men like this are an inspiration to all of us. Easter is fast approaching and with Easter, we think of new life…new beginnings…the Resurrection. Perhaps it is time that we look at new beginnings. Winter has been harsh this year for many…but Spring is on its way. Make a new project…take a new walking path…notice what is out there…call a friend that you haven’t talked to in a very long time. We all need to inspire and be inspired. We may not make it to 99, but what we have in days and hours should be put to good use. (A thought for this time of Lent)