For those who don’t know this is not my first blog. The first one lasted over a decade and frankly it had gotten massive in nature and had too many bad memories. Then yesterday I saw a blog post from a blogger that I first started reading over a decade ago. Then this morning I saw another one. Old blog friends are truly like a warm blanket on a cold winters night.
There are a few certain things about life that are undeniable. You will have good things as well as bad happen. That is simply called this mystery we call life. It’s easy going through life when things are great but always in the back of your mind you know something bad will happen at some point. At that point it comes down to your attitude about life and your faith. If you don’t have some sort of faith then you will wander in no man’s land.
A positive attitude is something gets developed over time. Part of the process are the choices you make about who is in your life. As the saying goes ” you are stuck with family but your friends pick you”. When a major health issue hit my wife her doctor said to me that I needed to get negative people out of my life yesterday and he was right. Some of these people I had known for years but upon reflection they were emotionally draining me. Don’t get me wrong because it’s not easy. It does take a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to make the needed changes. The alternative is to keep doing what you have been doing and expecting different results. One of the things that you must keep in mind is that the only person you spend your entire with is you.
One of the most disheartening things about getting old is that friends and relationships slowly fade away. While walking a town square and shaking hands with one of my most trusted advisors through the years a certain sadness filled my heart. This man who I have shared countless memories and some of my most troubled times with is slowly fading away. When my obligations require me to move on with my day all I really want to do is hang out with him. We both know that these times together are getting further and further in between and there really isn’t much that can be done about it. This man has taught me so much about life and his wisdom has help guide me through this thing we call life and frankly I probably took our relationship for granted together for way to long. I need to make sure he knows before it’s too late what a difference he has made in my life.