In 30 days we will be at the half way mark for 2018.
Nearly seven and one half years ago I retired from Southern Illinois University.
It seems like yesterday.
In 1978, when I began my career at SIU, I did not think that I possibly would be employed long enough to retire. In those days you could, elect, to not participate in the State Universities Retirement System for up to three years…and I stayed out the full three…and felt good about it.
Towards the conclusion of my career I purchased those three years…at many times more than their original cost.
Having the blessing of some age I can attest that many of the, what seem to be insurmountable, worries that you have at 20 years old…are a dim image in your rearview mirror at 30 years old.
Also, I can humbly say, do not be in a hurry.
As I was speaking with my friendly bank teller, this morning, I asked her how she was doing, to which she replied that she was doing great and that it seemed that everyone was in a good mood today.
At times it is difficult to see the forest for the trees.
Or the sun peeking through the clouds.
Look for the rainbow!
Life is a bumpy and joyful and hilly and curvy and exhilarating ride…that is best enjoyed in the company of others.
When we are at the top of the rollercoaster and preparing to plummet to the bottom along with several ninety degree turns and, perhaps an upside down surprise…we feel like it will not end soon enough.
But, at the conclusion of the ride we say…’oh I would like to ride again!’
Have you ever looked into the innocent eyes of a baby? You can see the wonder and the fascination and the energy to begin the ‘ride of life!’
I think that when we pass from this life…we will discover that we were all babies…in God’s eyes…and that the ride…has just begun.