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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Coming face to face with your own mortality
It was refreshing coming home to some Hodge Twins humor after a morbid day at the courthouse. Before I explain, I'd like to pause for a somber moment and once again reflect upon the solemnities of eternity. There were several murders on the court list today and they weren't all gang related. One involved a father and a son while another involved a senseless and brutal murder of a older couple in which the man was disabled and had a walker. The senselessness of the tragedies continued to echo in my brain throughout the day.
Last year I watched my mother die then shortly thereafter I watched my sister die. Now I am watching my brother die and as I look at them I see myself and come face to face with my own mortality. Add that to the Aging Rebel's recent death and I am reminded of a Neil Young song.
In the beginning of the song the young man says old man take a look at my life. I'm a lot like you were. Then as the years pass the young man becomes old and says old man take a look at my life, I'm a lot like you (are). I'm not there yet. I'm at the Simon and Garfunkel stage where I am older then I once was but younger then I will be. That's not unusual. Stevie Nicks said time makes you bolder. Children get older. I'm getting older too. Life's like an hourglass glued to the table.
Patrick Morley wrote a book Man in the Mirror. I haven't read it but it sounds relevant.
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