Oh, how the world has changed in the last five years. Oh, how it has changed this year alone! Five years ago today: I’d recently seen Pixar’s Inside Out and cried like a baby; President Obama was normalizing relations with Cuba; and Donald Trump had begun campaigning for the presidency (“That Trump?” I replied). And five years ago today on Facebook, I wrote:
“My hearing has been getting worse since my early 30s (from playing in those evil rock bands, no doubt ;>). Still, today was a miserable milestone: It was the first time I’ve ever had to walk out on a movie–because I couldn’t hear the dialogue! Depressing? Oh, yeah. But then I remembered all the things I still have–God, family, friends, health, my writing, my wonderful wife Trudy–and, well, I suddenly realized that today was a very good day.”
Some things have indeed gotten worse: The health and financial well-being of so many people I care about. My hearing. And I’ll keep mum on the presidency, but in many ways the world seems far suckier. And yet…
Some things have actually gotten better: I still have my family and friends, even if we can’t always be together–and I think we value each other even more because of that. Plus, I’ve made many more friends online, especially during the lock-down. I still have my writing, and in fact have grown as a writer. I still have my wonderful partner-in-life Trudy–and value her even more (35th anniversary coming up). Best of all, I still have God, and always will. And in fact, while my physical hearing has gotten worse, my ability to hear Him has gotten steadily stronger.
What has changed in your last five years? What has gotten better?
What can be made better still?
“For this light and momentary affliction is producing an eternal weight of glory that is far beyond comparison. And so we look not to what is seen, but to what is unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
~2 Corinthians 4:17-18