Till God calls you home

IMG_20151127_113236Once I met an old man walking
Lazily down the street;
A big stick he held in hand;
On which from time to time he leaned;
I shouted a courteous greeting,
Respecting his grey hair.

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In our conversation, I asked about his plans;
Curious to know what the old man had in mind;
He told me his time was near
And he had no reason to make new plans;
As I left him, I pondered on his words.

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Then as I took a few steps;
I met an older man humming a song;
He was jubilant and so full of life;
I asked him what he was up to.
He looked at me with shiny eyes;
And I could see he was so full of hope
Despite his advanced age;
Much older than my first friend.

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He told me he was on his way to the garden.
He had some seeds to plant;
Seeing the look on my face, he explained;
“In twenty years they’ll bear fruit;
And my great grand children
Will savor them.”

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That set my mind working again;
How we can be so different
The way we look at life.
Some live in hope to the end;
Some easily despair.IMG_20151103_153731
Never hesitate to plant another seed;
Keep on planting till God calls you home.

7 thoughts on “Till God calls you home

  1. Positive attitude affects the mind and body. It is almost a given that the first man in your scenario will die an early death because he anticipates he will and the second man will live a long and happy life because he assumes only the positive.

  2. I read a lot of your bloggs and that is by far the most meaningful fo me. I have a terminal prognosis now on my cancer, about 4-9 months max, and am just 74 years old. But I still carry on as normally as I can because I don’t want others who love me to worry or get upset about me. There will be time enough for that when God is looking after me, and I – I hope – am looking after them. Thanks. Anton

    • Anton, i am so sorry to hear your prognosis. My husband was 64 when he passed from cancer six months ago, but he lived a very positive, active final year of his life. I understand your viewpoint on not wanting others who love you to worry or upset you. I believe my husband knew he wasn’t going to make it but didn’t really say so, and I believe for a long time I knew he likely wasn’t going to make it but didn’t say so, because we both wanted life to continue as normal as possible for as long as possible. That sounds like what you are doing as well.

      One thing my husband did for me is Ron gave me the verbal okay to move on with my life. Ron told me that I am young (I am 55) and that I should move on, find someone else to live with, that I am too young to stay alone after he passes. He commented that he watched his grandmother spend 30-40 years alone after losing her spouse and he doesn’t want me to do that. My husband and I had a phenomenal marriage for 34 years, totally wrapped up in each others lives and happiest when it was just the two of us no matter what we were doing. He knows that I value the relationship, the being part of a couple. He wanted me to feel free to find someone and be happy again.

      I know nothing about your personal relationships, but I say this to give you the opportunity to do the same for your loved ones, especially if you have a wife or significant other in your life. I know two other women who lost their husbands around the same time I lost mine. Of the three of us I and several others have commented that for some reason even though Ron and I were so unusually wrapped up in each others lives I am the one that seems to have adjusted and be coping with the change the best. It could be the differences in our personalities or our ages. It could also be that I was given the release to live my own life and move on. What I can say is that because he said that to me, whatever happens in the future I can do so without feeling guilty or as if I have somehow violated a commitment I made to him back in 1981.

      As for you, Anton, think positive. Don’t let that time prognosis bog you down. Strive to prove the doctors wrong. It happens all the time. They are giving you their best guestimate, and that is all it is. Best of luck to you in your battle.

      • Thank you for these sweet words of encouragement to Anton, Grace. It’s so nice of you. I wouldn’t like my sweet heart to live an unhappy lonely life if I pass on. And I do not wish she should fall into the hands of someone who will make her unhappy. My prayer is that she may find the best life if I happen to go home. I join you to encourage Anton to stay positive. The mind is a formidable instrument that can do and undo. Strong belief can turn impossible things around. May he be among those God has chosen to use as a sign to the world that he can do whatever he likes.

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