“Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”
As most people enter their senior years, they finally understand this verse. In their youth, they struggled to get jobs and status and things. Some accomplished it, and some didn’t. But in the senior years….
when health is gradually declining….
the world is passing them by….
and they are sitting in their chair most of the time
….the main thing people look back on is what difference they made in their world, and how they did or did not help people important to them.
Often in their senior years, when their income goes down, and they are living only on a small pension, and they are unable to keep their big house, and fancy car, and impressive stuff, they realize they are still the same person inside regardless of what they own.
Ask a senior what they want for a birthday present. It is not likely to be things. It is likely to be time spent with a loved one or something special given to someone in need.
What about you? How much time are you spending on things?
I wrote this about twenty year ago when I was a young 61. Yesterday I turned 81. I went shopping to buy myself a birthday present, but didn’t see anything I wanted. Instead, I looked through the 340+ birthday greetings I received on my two Facebook pages — friends I hadn’t seen in decades, strangers who loved me, delightful pictures, sweet verses. You were my birthday gifts. With you I had all I needed or wanted. You all fill my heart.