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Your Heaven can wait for me.

Updated on October 4, 2014

There is a portion in Christianity that speaks of filling in Valleys and leveling mountains.

I say no thanks to that; What would I climb?
I say no thanks to that; What would I climb? | Source

Heaven can wait!

I suppose your heaven is going to be around awhile. And I suppose your heaven will be just grand for you. But your heaven can wait for me. I have one right here if you do not mind.

People are people. We all got problems. Life is full of problems and trials and tough times. There is a joke I just love, just a one liner: "I got real mad so I smashed his fist with my face". That one liner says a whole lot about my blurred vision of life. In fact one time I was ducking a punch and so it landed right square on my forehead. The guy broke six bones in his hand. Fun thing about that is that he got the girl we were fighting over --- all that sympathy for his poor broken hand.

You see I like this crazy world, shoot I love it. I had bad cancer once, treatment seemed like hell. But the elation and "aliveness" I got by beating it was darn well worth it.

Life is circular, and it has ups and downs. Just the other day while bemoaning my money problems my good old buddy who always speaks perfect english told me. "Hey Eric, if all you got are money problems, you ain't got none". Boy that sounded right and familiar. My buddy related that I told him that 25 years ago. What will come back to me in another 25?

It gets better than this?

Just did a hike for fun.

50 pound packs, 7 miles and nearly 2,000 feet vertical. Brutal back country climbing for part of the way. That means needing all fours to go. Only about 5,000 feet high so breathing is not that hard. There were seven of us. To a man we were exhilarated when done but sad the trek was over. To a man we wanted to go back and do more. That my friends is heaven.

So Rudyard Kipling said: "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same". Well I get that. And I like that.

I really do not want to leave here for heaven. Do not get me wrong, I fully trust and believe that heaven is a wonderful place and that my God will not let me down on death of this body. A body that aches and hurts quite a bit after 50. But I do not want to leave here.

There are trials and tribulations and they add a sweetness to life. Not in suffering but in overcoming and learning to treat what we call a problem as just another "it is what it is". Can we look forward to tomorrow and today for what ever it may bring?

This boy fussed about being Baptized in this old family stream.

Until he got in and squished the sand in his toes and splashed his family and giggled and laughed.
Until he got in and squished the sand in his toes and splashed his family and giggled and laughed. | Source

I got troubles, oh baby I got troubles.

Bring them troubles on. I got a lot of victories left in me, please do not take me out of the game coach. In my youth I was so broken hearted once that I thought about jumping off a rock to end it all. Until my friend since birth walked up and explained that the fall would probably only mangle me and cost a lot in medical bills. He had a point. And later the gal came back to me and we were married and raised 3 great kids and thirty five years later she still remembers my birthday and chosen day. Nope I would not give up how great it will be in another 35 years for some place called heaven.

Bring it on!

I practice a yogic meditation. I work hard on breathing and body positions and concentration and a let go. There are two outcomes when I practice regularly. A Rasa and a Sukha. (spelling is not important as it is the sound/tone that is important in Sanskrit) The first word means the juice and energy that it brings and the sukha is the sweetness when done in full harmony. Both of these require a struggle.

I just cannot imagine the juice of life and the sweetness of life without the hard work to get it. Some things come easy but they come easy if we work hard. Not working hard for the result necessarily but just working hard in contentment and let the finished product be up to God.

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Let us wrap this bad boy hub up with some thoughts that I hope change your perspective if only for a day.

Every day is like a cherry. Part "the pits" and part sweetness. The sweetness is short lived. But the pit can be planted to grow a tree. For my money, I will take "the pits".

A crying baby needs and gets hugs and love. Do not be a fool, spend some time crying.

My momma never once ran up and gave me a kiss and a hug to make it alright, when every thing was alright. Maybe I fell down on purpose a few times.

A really good song, comes to an end.

Arguing is most fun when it does not matter. Winning an argument is no fun, unless it matters.

Probably, fighting for your life is an oxymoron, I am just saying think about it.

Writers, real writers are cheap dates. Just set them anywhere with a pen and paper.

I like food that tastes bad, it helps me lose weight.

Go ahead and give something of yourself today, chances are you are self centered and will only give away the bad part.

Loving oneself is an exercise designed to make loving others easier. If it is more than that to you, you are doing it wrong.

If your faith is a chore, change faiths.

Be good to yourself as a default position, it means you are not being bad to someone else.

Try, try, try to wrap your head around this idea: I love you. I just do.

I certainly hope here that I got across the notion that life is what you make of it. And that I feel blessed to have a life that I consider heaven right here and right now. Today I will make trouble my friend and it will become no more trouble. And that is a heavenly feeling.


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A cup of tea, a little bit of Eric, and I am ready to face the day and all of its challenges. Bring it on!!!!!

      Well done my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Meet you over at Java Jive later. I think after listening to your great motivation at https://hubpages.com/politics/Pushing-Those-Damn-W... I had better go find a windmill to topple.

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Eric, I voted up, useful and awesome! You are one who gets up each morning with a purpose and who enjoys the art of being alive...you are gleefully contagious. I don't want to go to Heaven yet either! I just am not ready. Your courage is awesome. So glad I got to know you on Hub Pages. Blessings, Sparklea

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sparklea, you shame me ;-) You just get up and are all full of life and joy. Grumpy old men like me have to work at it.

      Let us keep on doing what we are doing for a long time!

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Eric, I want to hear more about the hike. Sounds awesome. I needed this today. Thanks Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will get right on that Cam8510 thanks for the push ;-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I missed reading your hub this morning - got caught up with a lot of other "stuff". But, the day was coming to an end and I felt like I needed to run on over to see what Eric had to say for the day and I'm glad I did. What a wonderful way to end my evening. Yeah, life is good as you say - like heaven.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      If you didn't know, I am handicapped. I am losing control of my body. Challenges? I lived a dream. I am a 33rd degree mason,Not that easy to attain. I was honored for my work in the community. Heaven... I am ready. But thank you for this.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mhatter. I think I get your point. My mom had some serious doubts about her life. She fought like hell to stay here in a near vegetative state. She just was outright afraid to die. When she could listen and talk I tried to assure her that she had done great. And how deeply she was loved. But to no avail.

      You are a miracle. Bringing happiness and spreading great thoughts. (I think I might even be starting to understand what a limerick is) You are on a prayer list I have. You make my life better. And I do not think for a moment that you are not ready to go. I will not even miss you, for I will smile and you will be in it and you shall be free of your pain.

      ps. My daughter told me that some folks are handicapable. Mostly I feel handi-incapable ;-)

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Eric, great hub and I'm glad you survived your backpacking adventure. As physical beings we have a wonderful future of one day merging with God. But we have to learn and grow to get there. I'm with you, man. Enjoy the experience for all it's worth.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian, you do me one better. You help others enjoy the experience for all it's worth!!!

      Thanks much.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant as always Eric.

      Voted up, sharing and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene, I will be over soon as my boy just broke into my tool chest and he will be busy for a while. Do not tell him I leave it unlatched just for him! Life is good with good friends like you.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Lovely, I'm with you. People don't ever seem to agree but I like the challenges.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love is so cool. It allows me to put aside small things and overcome them with real things.

      You have made me feel better. I have no clue what that is worth, except from me -- love to you.

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