Thursday, April 16, 2015

LUNCH WITH AN 85 YEAR OLD - My new philosophy of life

 One day I had lunch with some old friends.
 Jim, a short, balding golfer type, about 85-years old, 
came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

 When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered
 salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, 
"A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please."

I wasn't sure my ears heard him right, 
and the others were aghast, 
When Jim continued, completely unabashed....
"along with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream."

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all
the time, but when our orders were brought out, 
I didn't enjoy eating mine.

I couldn't take my eyes off of Jim as I watched him
savoring each bite of his pie a-la-mode. 
The other guys just grinned in disbelief as
they silently ate their lunches.

 The next time I went out to eat, I called Jim and invited
 him to join me. I lunched on a white meat tuna sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. 
Since I was chuckling, he wanted to know if he amused me.

 I answered, "Yes, you certainly do, but you also
 confuse me. How come you always order such rich desserts, 
while I feel like I must be  sensible in my  food choices?"

 He laughed and said 
"I'm tasting all that is possible for me to taste.
I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy,  but life's too short, my friend. 
I hate missing out on something good.

This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) 
I've never been this old before, so, while I'm still here, 
I've decided it's time to try all those things  that, 
for years, I've been ignoring."

 He continued, "I haven't smelled all the flowers
 yet. There are too many  trout streams I haven't fished.
There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and
 kites to be flown overhead.

 "There are too many golf courses I haven't played.
 I've not laughed at all  the jokes.

 I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
 "I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face.

 I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His  grace. "I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast.

 I want un-timed long distance calls to the one I love the most.
 "I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain.  I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.

"So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, 
then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, 
because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire.
 I had that final piece of pie before my life expired."

 With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've  changed my mind, 
" I said. "I want what he's having, only add some more whipped cream!"

 This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day! 
If you get this twice, then you have more than one friend. 
Live well, love much, and laugh often -
 Be happy and enjoy doing whatever your heart desires. 
You  only go around once  on this crazy planet. 

 if I'm lucky enough to be counted among them.

 Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions,
 power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like, 
respect, and enjoy spending time with.

 Remember that while money talks,

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