The second one suggested that because of the thousands of delicate nerve connections in the nervous system it certainly was an electrical engineer who designed the human body.
The third student voiced his disagreement with his friends and said it was obviously a civil engineer who did it. "Who else would be so stupid as to run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”
Today’s blog tells the story of two people, one aged and one in the prime of youth, and how they have both successfully found happiness while enduring pain and suffering. Both pain from illness at a young age, and the difficulties we encounter as the aging process infringes on our lives.
Corey is a personable, enthusiastic and talented young man in his late 30’s. He is a skilled designer and construction manager in the food and beverage industry who, while working his way to the top, had a dream of one day owning his own helicopter flight service and doing what he most liked.
He met the love of his life, Amy, and they are raising two lovely children. Amy, a brilliant teacher and scholar, became very ill and has been dealing with a serious illness for several years. This has not stopped them from making each day joyful and happy and they are determined to overcome their adversity.
Amy is continuing her education and teaching, and Corey’s talents have recently been recognized by East Bay Restaurant Supply in Oakland, California, one of the largest Food, Beverage and Laundry Design, Planning and Suppliers in the Country, to help them expand their services by opening an office in Southern California.
Rabbi Ed Zerin is a leading teacher of Reform Rabbis in the country. Ed is 93 years old has lost his first wife, and married his long time friend Jill who is in her late 70’s. Jill, a highly respected Speech Therapist, has recently been found to have cancer and is undergoing treatment.
He continues his successful book writing career, and they travel all over the world enjoying life despite their many age related situations. Ed even uses a walker to better get around.
I tell you their stories to remind you that life is what you make of it. Many times in my writings I have said that life can be meaningful and one can have happiness and joy, despite the pain and suffering that is part of the package - providing that you do not let yourself die before you actually die.
Not all of the trees in the forest are full of beautiful leaves and colorful bark, but even those that show scars fit well into the forest’s community and add to its beauty.
So no matter your age, each day of life find the thing(s) that put a smile on your face and meet your individual feeling of happiness and move forward with you life.
My life has been greatly enriched as I watch those like these couples enjoy their travels to their destination without flinching as they get past the glitches in road.
“She built herself a little house,
All walled about with Pride:
Took Prudence as a servant,
And locked herself inside.
She drew the blinds down tight as tight,
When sorrow chanced to roam.
Experience called –she sent down word
That she was not at home.
Then. wherefore, should she now complain
And wherefor , should she sigh,
That Life and Love and Laughter
Had passed unseeing by?"
Bernard ("Bernie") Otis is the author of the upcoming international bestseller, "How To Prepare For Old Age (If You Haven't Married Into A Wealthy Family)". If you have a question or comment, or a personal story about life and aging, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.