“Oh, what a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I had realized it sooner.”
This simple but all-encompassing statement really sums up what I have been feeling lately. One would think that these all too familiar sentiments expressed by generation after generation would not seem like such a personal realization when they hit, but they do. The problem is they are never really understood until they are yours. I can only say that I’m glad I recognized these feelings now at ALMOST seventy (assuming that I have at least another fifteen or twenty years ahead of me) than to have them occur to me when I woke up on my 85th birthday.
Why is it that we allow life and projects and worries and anxieties to consume us? Why is it that it takes us till the sunset of our lives to be overwhelmed with the beauty of a sunrise? Why am I just now truly listening to the songs of the birds in the morning, paying attention to the smell of the dew on the grass and the crispness of the cool air that surrounds me on my morning walk?
I guess the most obvious answer is that in retirement I have the time, but I can’t help but think, “I’ve missed out on so much.”
OH, WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE
by Patty Lynn
How is it that it took till now for me to realize
The wonder of each bud, each tree, the blueness of the skies?
How is it that the world’s so sweet, a fact I’ve missed so long,
The grass so green, the sun so bright, the robin’s pretty song?
God's mighty hand and purpose seen in every single thing
From blade of grass to speckled breast of baby birds that sing
Forever has and ever will enrich the world we live in,
For Nature is the Father’s gift, since time has ever been.
I now awake with joyful heart and sheer anticipation
Of what’s in store for me each day, for me a revelation.
A mile or so from starting point and then back home again
The years I wasn’t able to, eternity it’s been.
God, thank you for this privilege, to walk in your creation,
To see the world anew again, and feel each new sensation.
Improvement of my chronic pain, no more the stop and start
Has left me feeling blessed indeed, with gratitude of heart.
A gift like this, I was convinced, would never ever be
For as we age we lose so much, at least it seemed to me.
I am ashamed I doubted God, the truth is He can do
What seems to us impossible, with ease He pulls us through.