Since today is my birthday, I decided to spend a little time in reflection. So I have shut myself up for a few hours surrounded by peace and solitude to do just that.
I have come to the conclusion that I am basically happy with my life. People always ask me if I would change anything or would have done things any differently. And after giving it a lot of thought, I would have to say no.
You see if I had changed anything, my life would not be what it is today. I would not have the wonderful wife that I have known for over 40 years. I would not have my two great kids or four grandchildren that I have now.
Has it always been happy and carefree? No. Will I continue to struggle in the years ahead at various times? Yes.
But that is life. A journey of new experiences. And although the end of the journey is closer than ever, it is so much sweeter.
And when it is over, I hope it is said of me that he was a man who loved God and country,family and friends, and helped others along the way as he could.
So it is time to start down the road of life once again. The time for reflection is over. But I have decided that it is perhaps best to go at just a little slower pace than before and truly live life to the fullest. Yes, I believe that is the secret. I wish I would have realized that years ago.
Here's to life!