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How could he have had a child so late in life? When can a man rest?
He had 3 children before and was happy to live out life.
This is a story of a man given a gift. He prayed for other gifts but was happy not to have received them. He knew the trouble a gift could bring. Oh by golly he prayed for health and wealth for others, but knew they were not a good thing for him. Pain, tribulation and impoverishment were friends that could be counted on, and in fact kept him happy as he grew into his half century.
Problems are for other people is how the viewed it, his favorite quote was from Kipling: Meet tragedy and triumph and treat those two imposters just the same. He had come to see that whenever something rose up and took something from him that left him free to pursue something new. Truth be told the probably had 30 different jobs by 50 and had only been fired once.
And we know he had had love and lost it and mourned fiercely but only to come out loving more fiercely. Possessions had come and gone and health had come and gone and comeback around again just like the possessions.
Somewhere around 45 he had gotten SARS and was in a land where treatment was feeble. During that suffering he met so many more who suffered far worse that through meditation he learned that pain is real but suffering is optional.
One cannot be sure if the sun is rising or setting
You see the man was a problem resolver. Yes, someone who fixed other's problems.
The phone would ring and a client he had not heard nor thought of for 30 years called and had a problem. And the man would have work. Oh my,, dead bodies are for movies. Though he had seen his share.
But divorces that would ruin a business, or cops with a conflict of interest, or multinational corps who needed to do business with North Korea or Iran.
And now he was feeling settled with problems like mortgages and neighbor disputes and local zoning problems or insurance issues. I would say around fifty he was starting to relax.
And so it came to be that his wife came to him and said "God has blessed with an Angel"
A child was conceived that the doctors had said was impossible. Not for one second did the man suffer shock or lack of confidence that the child was heaven sent. Not for one second did the man think of the absurdity of being a father to a newborn while in his fifties. The celebration of new life immediate and now 3.5 years later has not ceased. Changes in lifestyle increase in work to handle the bills. More time spent in the moment.
Now somehow someway the body of the man grew younger and energy increased. For sometimes we say God will not give you more than you can handle -- and that makes it's point. But really in the man's eye he understood "God will only give me what I could not handle yesterday but never as much as I can handle tomorrow".
Can we start anew at 50+?
As an infant: would you like to have a 25 year old parent or a 55 year old parent?
Well just as you would imagine, patience and love were abundant as only the older can give.
Think this way, no problem the child, a boy, could create, cause or face was new to the dad. Imagine a dad who does not freak during the opening kick off when a two year old runs naked screaming between him and the TV all the while peeing. Sigh - been there done that "come here you little monster" so dad can hug and love and carry while getting things to clean with and remembering 1,000 opening kick offs including ones he had played in. But all the while realizing that this boy had never ever done that before. How fun, to be a part of new life.
New Songs. Songs that were very old and from the childhood of the man, who were they the best? for, the child or the man. New shiny toys just like the man had had as a boy and some even old ones that he had had. Who did that bring out the child in.
And walks around the home holding hands and seeing things the man had not seen for years and new colors and shapes and even names for fishes and the glory of a spider or the mysteries of the dark. Who led who by the hand?
Growth. Could it be that an accomplished able man and a child can learn and grow and celebrate life together, holding hands and hugging and wowed by even a leaf or a blade of grass not to mentioned birds and cool tools like pliers?
Why was this Buddha so happy with 7 children crawling all over?
And so I go looking for the life this man has.
I hope this story inspires for others to go out and do whatever it takes to look life anew in the face every day. You do not need to think out of the box. You need to reexamine that which is in your box. Present it to the world new and fresh every day.
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Let go let God
Tree of Life
Please Please Please
Hug somebody or maybe some pet. Then try to look at the world through their eyes and try to give them what they need.
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All characters herein are fictitious and Victorious
Perhaps there is a bit of myself in this hub. Perhaps not. Perhaps it is just my crazy Pollyanna bad memory that helps me to write in such a way. Here is a crazy one; one day I day dreamed that I had too much love --- crazy I know but I got up from that field of clover and gave it away in hurry so as not to have too much.