The future is rarely a sure thing.
That’s a tough lesson. Life happens, people change, situations come up that you never dreamed of, we get older, loved ones die. It can feel like you have no control.
I wondered how my friends at the Center viewed this, so I asked. Many said that they have lived a good life, but they know they are on the downside of the hill. It’s a reality that they see every day when they look into the mirror.
When I talked with them about it, here’s the comments that I heard.
- Don’t take life too seriously….it’s not permanent.
- Do good while you can. In life, what goes around does come around.
- I don’t have the time to grumble or complain.
- I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.
- Dying is easy. It’s living that’s tough.
Clearly there is a joy in the journey, and life has a strange way of bringing opposites together. Stability and change, happiness and loss are all interwoven into the tapestry of a lifetime. Most have learned to see beauty, even in difficulty. They’ve found that what matters most isn’t our limitations,but what we can do to help others who share the walk with us. So, our lunch tables are filled with light hearted conversations. Laughter erupts as older bodies play chair volleyball and do line dancing. Smiles brighten faces when you see your friends, shoot pool and play cards or bingo. Our Center provides a place for all of that.
Yes, life is too short and full of twists and turns. But in the end, it’s our relationships that provide meaning and support.
Thanks for being part of Euclid Senior Programs.
Bob Payne, Manager