Today’s blog begins with a story I was told by one of my new friends, Samuel Osborne, a well known author, writer, humorist, podcast producer and speaker who, along with his wife, has just moved to California from Melbourne, Australia.
A man was taking his morning run on a pathway along side of a mountain, when he tripped and fell over the mountain side.
He was able to grab unto the side of the mountain and keep from dropping hundreds of feet to a certain death.
Holding on for dear life, he looked up and hollered out, “Is there someone up there who can help me?” There was no response.
Again he hollered out, this time louder, “Please is there someone up there who can help me?” Still, there was no answer.
Trying once again he screamed, “Please, can someone up there help me?
A loud voice boomed out, “This is God. Do what I tell you and I will save you! Let go of the mountain side and I will catch and hold you.”
There were a few seconds of silence and the man screamed out, “Is there someone else up there who can help me?
This past year has seen our country go through some challenging social and economic times but we must not forget that we have also had great accomplishments as well. Yes life is filled with happiness and joy-pain and suffering, but we must always remain optimistic.
As we begin the year 2017 let us dedicate ourselves to achieving the following important goals:
- Working diligently to strengthen our family and social relationships so that as we travel the journey of life, it will be filled with love and joy.
- Keeping our eyes and minds open to the wonderful opportunities that exist for persons of all ages, so that the journey ends happily.
- Teaching the young members of our families the true value of life and how to plan and live it in a way that will optimize their success along the way.
- Reaching out to our neighbors, of whatever creed, color, religious affiliation or economic status, in such a way as to demonstrate our love, compassion and concern for their welfare.
- Being ever vigilant to the dangers we face as a country from both inside and outside our borders by those who seek to both to divide us and enslave us.
- Making certain, that no matter what our age, that we are prepared mentally and financially for the unexpected that may come our way.
Let me close this message by sharing a personal story with you. I have a grandson who is in his late 20’s. He worked many long and difficult hours in order to obtain graduation from a major American university. Following graduation, he found a job with a large automobile dealership near where he went to college. After serving his apprenticeship, he earned several promotions leading to an executive position within the firm.
Several months ago he fell in love with a beautiful young woman and they became engaged – a real dream story so far wouldn’t you agree? And then – while out playing soccer with a group of friends it happened – he was engaged in a game, fell to the ground, was kicked as he fell, and was badly injured. This young lad broke multiple bones in both legs and ankles, has been in terrible pain for weeks and had to wait almost a month before the swelling in his legs went down enough so that doctors could operate and repair the damages.
A few hours ago, as I was writing this blog, I was finally able to speak with him. He told me that he has a 6-8 month recuperation period and is now able to walk on crutches. He told me that if it had not been for his parents, who live many miles from him and his bride to be, he could not have survived the ordeal.
In all of my writings and speeches, I emphasize the importance of being prepared for what life’s journey has in store for us, whether it be early or late death, or debilitating injuries.
Hopefully, my readers, you will stop, catch your breath and ask yourself, “Am I ready for the happiness and joy – pain and suffering, that lurks along the highway of life?”
Bernie Otis is a well-known writer, author and speaker, as well as a highly respected food, beverage, laundry and marketing/sales consultant. During his lifetime, he has been involved in the design and supply of all major hotels in Las Vegas and Disneyland as well as major hotels, hospitals and universities nationally and restaurants locally (he has been involved in the design of most major restaurants in Southern California.
Bernie’s 2 Books; “How to Prepare for Old Age—Without Taking the Fun out of Life” and “Revenue Generation Through the Sale of Kumquats——And Other Things” are Best Sellers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. His weekly blogs can be read at http://seniormomentswithbernardotis.com/
Bernie also is an advisor to families needing information on Senior Living Facilities and other issues related to Aging
Bernie can be reached at Seymour.Otis@gmail.com–818-519-8347