The Rosy Challenge

“It takes two to tango.”

I can’t claim that I did the tango with dad but he certainly spun me around!

 

Observing his daily routine, his unconscious boredom and loneliness made me realize that it takes a lot of effort to age gracefully.

 

I believe this is where the turnaround began.

Small talk and lightheartedness were my initial assignments.

 

Practice with anyone and everyone, randomly.

From the street cleaners to the cashier at the supermarket, making my way to relatives and family.

 

I woke one morning feeling different.  Something within had changed.

Everyone around me would lose their patience and I’d simply smile.

 

How odd of me, I thought…

And then the light bulb lit brightly.

 

I set myself free from jail!

The inner agitation no longer itched.

I felt the glow of resurrection

 

I met up with an old friend I had not seen in decades.

“You’re aura is different!  Are you the Rina I knew then?”

She was quick to ask, “When did you realize the change?”

 

I knew in my heart that my long self-imposed crucifixion had come to an end.

I still have occasional falls and slips but like Jesus who fell three times, you simply get up and keep on going….

 

How timely that I have come to realize forgiveness in this season of Lent.

 

Comments 1

 
Rosy Cole on Friday, 26 February 2016 12:57

You've touched on something rarely appreciated about aging. When elders have their nose up to the glass of eternity, the perspective on life is quite different, their values are inclined to be clearer. They don't buy into the half-truths (if there is such a thing!) younger generations live out by consensus. They know how things work out and they can't tell you! They understand you have to follow your own unique journey and discover answers for yourself. The vintage years are full of Best Kept Secrets.

Yes, in Lent the force is with us. It's an appropriate season for change. Repentance is less about 'sackcloth and ashes' than about turnaround. It's actually what the word means. Confession by itself is not enough, and turnaround requires strength and Grace.

God bless you and your Dad, Rina :-)

You've touched on something rarely appreciated about aging. When elders have their nose up to the glass of eternity, the perspective on life is quite different, their values are inclined to be clearer. They don't buy into the half-truths (if there is such a thing!) younger generations live out by consensus. They know how things work out and they can't tell you! They understand you have to follow your own unique journey and discover answers for yourself. The vintage years are full of Best Kept Secrets. Yes, in Lent the force is with us. It's an appropriate season for change. Repentance is less about 'sackcloth and ashes' than about [i]turnaround[/i]. It's actually what the word means. Confession by itself is not enough, and [i]turnaround[/i] requires strength and Grace. God bless you and your Dad, Rina :-)
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