The Gift of Going Back

I faculty of volition soon be transitioning into a Sabbath rest round of years. During this time I am planning without ceasing being ‘fallow with intent’.

Many be the subject of asked what I am going to execute. I have some plans than lead to golf and limited travel. I envision more time to rest, reflect, renew and redirect. All of that involves more activity on my part. What seems sharp to me with each day is that lot of the wisdom of a sabbath rest is to not to  ‘translate something’ but to allow ‘somebody to be done unto and into’. So, pale red with intent.

One of the items in c~tinuance my ‘to do list’ was to secure some medical diagnostic tests done. That came to the degree that an early gift with some packing-box pains and the subsequent follow up procedures.  Sometimes we don’t have to schedule our ‘bucket list”. At smallest I did not kick it;-).

The results? All is well conducive to a person of my advancing mature years. Some lifestyle changes are on the horizion and advantage health through pharmacology. All in all,  Great!

Another goal was to minister to my 50th High School reunion a scintilla early. Since ’66 and ’67 are combined, I engender to sneak in a year earlier. Some take asked what I expected. My rejoin is, “To go look at a group of old folks, many of whom I won’t admit or probably remember and who command not recognize or remember me.” The box will have a high fiber exquisite and at least one chicken selection, bet on it.

What I was not prepared because  was looking at the ” In Memoriam” page.  I had more heart travail. I went through the lists and apothegm classmates and friends with whom I shared more of the glory days, to take a phrase for Bruce Springsteen their images from the 1967 Senior photos life was frozen in time.

My flout about old folks who I command probably not be able to remember unrelenting silent before the reality that 50 years had gone by somewhat unobserved. I remembered. Like the spectacle from Christmas Vacation I was alone in the subtle of mind with 50 year antique home movies now digitized in celebrity. And yes, a tear or brace fell.

What happened to these friends with whom I shared laughs, memories and some of the most memorable , difficult and plastic years of my life? How did they die? How did they live?

Before we prepare too nostalgic or melancholy,  life is not to have existence lived frozen in time.  As Thomas Wolf reminded us we can not go back home again.  But a well timed ramble back to another place, the ~en home place,  is good.

Dr. Harmon Smith, my Christian Ethics professor at Duke reminded me that ‘to which place we come from’  informs and  has a relation on ‘where we wind up’ in life.

So, here’s to the 50 year re-union…re-uniting.

Here’s to those friends who will be in attendance with 50 years of ~ out on them. I hope we require name tags!!

Here’s to the ones who can not be present. We would have existence more complete with you! You will be missed.

Here’s to the ones whose youthful pictures testament be their presence with us. You decision be remembered.

Here’s to a put and time that helped shape us into who we hold become.

This is a great effect to be, here and now.


It last ~ and testament be great to go back and remember at another time and when.

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