A Mountaintop View..!

By Robert Clements. Dated: 3/12/2019 11:09:25 AM

Some years ago I remember an old man staying close to my place and who went for a walk everyday, got lost; at least that's what his wife thought, because as the shadows lengthened that evening, there was no sign of him.
Suddenly a police car pulled up in front of the old lady's house, and her husband climbed out. The polite policeman explained that "this elderly gentleman" said that he was lost in the park and couldn't find his way home.
"How could that happen?" asked his wife. "You've been going to that park for over 30 years! How could you get lost?"
The old man didn't say anything but as he looked across the wall at me, he winked and leaning close to my ear the next day so that his wife wouldn't hear, he whispered, "I wasn't lost Bob - I was just too tired to walk home!"
As I grinned at him for finding such an innovative way to get dropped home I also realized how our bodies become less cooperative as we age. For some, work becomes less fun and fun becomes more work. One older friend commented, "I've reached the age where the warranty has expired on my remaining teeth and internal organs."
But I like the spirit of Charles Marowitz. "Old age is like climbing a mountain," he says. "The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become. But your view becomes much more extensive."
Atop the mountain, one has a better view of the world. One can see above the differences that divide people. One can better see beyond petty hurts and human fragility. Atop the mountain, one has a longer view of the past and can therefore understand the future with more clarity.
Atop the mountain, one looks down on dark clouds of gloom and despair and fear and notices that they are neither as large nor as ominous as those beneath them would believe. It is also clearer that however dark they may appear, they too, are fleeting and will someday pass.
George Bernard Shaw said, "Some are younger at seventy than most at seventeen." I think it is because they have a broader outlook.
It will take a lifetime to climb the mountain, but I am sure the view will be worth the journey.
As we climb the mountain of life everyday
And our bodies do age and our hair turns to grey
Our breath become shorter, hands and legs sort of hurt
And we groan as we fall on stones, mud and dirt
Then just lift up your eyes and glance at the view
And see petty old things with eyes all anew
Life looks so good from a mountaintop view
Your old life refreshed, reborn, restored all anew!
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