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 :-)
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, 31 October 2020

Captcha Image

Writing For Life

We are a small, friendly community who value writing as a tool for developing a brighter understanding of the world and humanity. We share our passions and experiences with one another and with a public readership. ‘Guest’ comments are welcome. No login is required. In Social Media we are happy to include interesting articles by other writers on any of the themes below. Enjoy!


Latest Blogs

        On Brighton Beach, the tourists say,         the ice cream vendors come this way, and come and go,           and come and go, on Brighton Be...
      The trees were winking at me this morning.   Or maybe it was morse code.   Tiny brights lights kept going on and off, as if someone was hitting...
          Out of the night that covers me,       Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be       For my unconquerable soul.  ...

Latest Comments

Rosy Cole The Language of Trees
06 October 2020
But we should not lose hope. Our collective will is enormously powerful and, focused aright, can pea...
Rosy Cole The Language of Trees
05 October 2020
We are listening. I believe ordinary citizens are, but we 're reliant on every nation's government c...
Rosy Cole Invictus
30 August 2020
Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep, Keep Thy lamb, in safety keep; Nothing can Thy power withstand, None c...
Monika Schott PhD Invictus
26 August 2020
Beautiful ?
Monika Schott PhD The three Cs
26 August 2020
True, Rosy. Kindness can change anything; it can soften a heart, arouse a smile, and much more. ?