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I Never Thought I Could (standard:humor, 906 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Aug 05 2018Views/Reads: 40/8Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
I cannot relive my past, but I certainly can enjoy the work that is before me for the glory of God.
 



As a person gets older things change. By things, I am referring to my
body. 

When I was young, I never gave a thought to what it would be like when I
got old. I was too busy enjoying my being young. What young person 
wants to waste their time thinking about what they are going to be when 
they are old? 

However, as a person gets older there is more time to think about
things. To think about your health and strength and is it time to go to 
bed yet? 

I can remember as a young person my parents had to wrestle me into my
bed to go to sleep at night. I never wanted to go to bed; I wanted to 
stay up all night and watch TV. 

I tried to think of many reasons not to go to bed when I was younger. 

Now that I'm older, I'm trying to think of many reasons TO go to bed
early. 

The problem is it is not feasible to go to bed when the sun hasn't set
yet. 

“Is it time to go to bed?” I queried the Gracious Mistress of the
Parsonage. 

Looking at me she simply said, “Has the sun set yet?” 

I understood what she was saying and it is hard to say that the sun has
set when it is still light outside. For this reason, I like a very 
cloudy afternoon when it hides the sun. It is so dark that I'm trying 
to convince my wife that it must be time to go to bed because it's dark 
outside. 

I must not be a very good salesman because my wife never buys what I'm
trying to sell. 

So, sitting in my easy chair thinking about stuff like this, I often get
a little bit discouraged. What I'm thinking about is the fact that I 
cannot do what I used to do when I was young. 

“What are you,” my wife said one afternoon, “so gloomy about today?” 

“You know,” I said very sadly, “I just can't do what I used to do when I
was young.” 

I remember all the fun times I had when I was young. It seems I had more
energy than I could waste in one day. Now, I don't seem to have that 
kind of energy. 

My wife got us coffee and came, sat down in the living room with me, and
was just quiet for a few moments. 

Then she said, “Sure, there's a lot of things you can't do that you did
when you were young.” She snickered after she said that and then said, 
“Why don't you think about the things you can do now that you couldn't 
do then?” 

As far as I was concerned, there was nothing on that list. I know many
people have what they call the “Bucket List” but I certainly don't have 
such a list. My list only contains things that I used to do that I 
can't do now. I cannot do them now because of the time element and my 
energy or lack thereof. 

“Don't worry about what you can't do,” she explained. “Focus on some of
the things that you can do and that you enjoy doing.” 

That was a real challenge for me. I never thought of it that way before.
I was willing to give it a try though. 

“Remember how you acted when you were young?” 

That got me thinking. I do remember when I was young I could not sit
still for very long. I had to be up doing something all the time. I 


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