If a caterpillar can evolve into a better version of itself, why can’t we?
If a caterpillar can evolve into a better version of itself, why can’t we?
I was lost
And so unsure
I felt I was adrift.
What is right
And who is wrong
Choices must be made.
And then He nudged me.
I took a path
I did not know
And wondered at the time.
I heard words
And voices raised
In honour of a man.
I saw a light
Soft and clear
That beckoned in my mind.
It was His light
That I followed
And now the choice is clear.
All because He nudged me.
Eloise sat back in her chair and sighed. This would be her final move. It was a hard one, leaving so much behind. But it was time. She thought about her husband of 61 years, Elliot. He’d been gone for a while now but she was managing. He’d always loved that about her: her ability to adapt.
Hands clasped loosely on her lap, legs demurely crossed at the ankle. She had been taught to be a lady but she also knew when not to be. Something else Elliott loved about her. She smiled to herself. As she raised her head her eyes caught the single cardboard box resting on the edge of the bed. How is it possible for 92 years to fit inside one single box?
There were so many memories. Dipping her toes into three oceans over her lifetime. That midnight buffet on the cruise ship. The smile became a chuckle as she remembered poor Elliot looking for his shoes in a strange motel after a very long night. He eventually found them in the refrigerator! They had laughed all the way to Albuquerque. Good memories.
There were camping trips with four active and insatiably curious children. And then the children’s children, there seemed to be so many of them. She remembered the strange noises a sleeping child makes and the wild-eyed wonder when they saw something for the first time. Learning to read, learning to walk, learning to slow down. That was always the hard one. But they did it together. Eloise and Elliot. It had lovely ring to it. What a great partnership they had. And that partnership didn’t die when he did. She slept with a pair of his gloves under her pillow. He was never far from her.
She relaxed a little more in the chair, resting her tired shoulders. And she cast her mind back over her 92 years. She had earned her rest. Her memories of her childhood were all good. She’d had loving parents who had taught her to love the world and to respect what it had to offer. She had grown up with wonderful pets who had taught her humility and selflessness. She had friends who taught her the art of compromise and acceptance and French kissing. Yes, she had learned how to laugh early. And she laughed often. She had reason.
They had traveled the world together. Elliott was a wonderful traveler. Except for the shoes. When the children had come along they too were initiated into that world. First traveling near at home and then farther and farther as they grew older and more capable of appreciating it. And then they too caught the bug. The world was theirs to explore.
As time inexorably moved on so did the children. And then she and Elliot rediscovered the wonders of each other. It was like a second honeymoon and they had enjoyed it for many years. Oh, the children came back to visit. In the beginning it was quite often but as their lives became more and more complicated, that too dwindled off. That was to be expected.
Most of the children and grandchildren made it back for Elliot’s funeral. It was good to see them, to get reacquainted. But they had their own lives to get back to and in time Eloise was again alone. That was okay. She had much to occupy her. She had quite a vibrant social life and plenty of friends to keep her company. But there were adjustments. She moved to a condominium and hired a cleaning service. There were even a few male companions who were interested in more than just companionship. They were proper gentlemen when she refused. Her heart still belonged to Elliot. Besides he hadn’t been gone that long. But it was nice to have a man around to escort her to a dance.
The box caught her eye once again. It seem to beckon to her and to mock her. It was her box of treasures, precious memories, tokens worth more than any precious jewel ever could be. A single tear escaped her eye. She felt sad and more than a little proud. She wondered about the next step in her life. What was still to come? She closed her eyes.
The door burst open! A tall, young; man, strode aggressively into the room.
“Where the hell is the damn thing?”
A few seconds behind him an equally tall woman sashayed into the room somewhat less aggressively.
“They said it was on the end of the bed and you could pick it up at your leisure. I think it’s important. What do you plan on doing with it?”
The man became a little less forceful as he spotted the single cardboard box just where he had been told it would be.
“It’s just some old trinkets. What possible value could it have? “
Fear is never irrational but it is often misplaced.
The journey may be long and the climb difficult but we are never alone.
Let’s break bread you and I
And share a thought or two.
Let’s take a wondrous journey
He’ll show us what to do.
A table has been prepared
Where we can sit together.
Praise and prayer as one
May our journey last forever.
Each chapter as is written
Is the journey of our lives.
We walk the path that He has set
And all around us thrives.
I place my hand in His
And trust we walk as one.
Join with me this very day
In speaking with His Son.
Every day we wonder
What the future has in store.
I can say for certain
With God I will see more.
With some people Words are never needed.
I have not seen the face of God
He does not speak to me.
But I look upon the wonders
Everywhere I see.
A single rose does blossom,
And a sprig of grass does sprout ,
Are these the wonders of my Lord?
I think there is no doubt.
I stood in awe and watched
As an infant drew a breath.
I held the hand of a woman
As she journeyed into death.
Sunrises and sunsets
Paint a beautiful sight.
These are things that I can see,
The miracles of light.
A simple breath is drawn
With words that we can share.
Because we really do believe
These wonders are not rare.
Every second matters
You and I do too.
Love should be a part
Of everything we do.
And now I understand
What it means to be.
I have seen the face of God
He always speaks to me.
Seriously. What do other people think? As most of you know I spent some time in my local hospital. As a result, I came into contact with a lot of different people, strangers to me. There were the doctors of course and the nurses, patients, cleaning staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, technicians, the list is endless. All those people came together to make my stay, perhaps not enjoyable, but beneficial. And as I looked into their faces, I wondered… were they thinking?
I saw an elderly woman facing an uphill climb, literally. They were teaching her to do stairs again. I saw her face as she looked at the edifice in front of her. I tried to engage her but either she wasn’t in the right place emotionally or she didn’t speak the language. So, I smiled and nodded my head. She didn’t react. I wondered what was going through her mind. Was she sad, annoyed or maybe just indifferent?
I saw man who had lost both of his legs at different points. He didn’t hide his injury nor did he flaunt it. He faced his new reality and he didn’t flinch. He smiled and he joked with the staff. He smiled at me and gave me a thumbs up. It made me feel good. He was not a young man but he wasn’t done with life either.
We often judge other people based on what we see, not on what we know. That does us a disservice. People who look at us can’t know what we’re thinking, what we’re feeling. They only see what we choose for them to see. I think we do it for protection. But by shutting ourselves off, we miss so much.
As we journey through our day, we meet dozens perhaps hundreds of people, and sometimes only one or two. Each person that we interact with is a potential. Potential what you ask? Well, a potential friend, a potential business associate, a potential confidant. We can’t know who or what someone is until we have spent time with them. And perhaps the time we don’t spend with them is the missed opportunity.
I wonder about all the people I met. I know they affected me. I may not know exactly in what way but I believe I am a better person for having gone through the experience and for the people I met. These past weeks are not something I’m going to forget in a hurry and maybe that’s a good thing.
Thank you so much for all the best wishes I received. I may not have mentioned it at the time but it made a difference.
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