18-20 After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Ecclesiastes 5: 18 -20 (Message bible)
Getting out of bed this morning, I felt grumpy. I dreamt all night about my work. A difficult task of isolating a problem to a specific root cause seemed to be almost within reach and then that vanished when the issue was seemingly gone. But why does it plague my personal time! I am glad that my dear wife and I seem to have our work-conundrums on different cycles so we can support the other when needed; she brought me a breakfast protein shake and lunch ready-made, and behind her happy “puppy” faces, eager for their morning walk greeted me. Stuff the grump down inside; a walk, a prayer, and a kiss my wife-start to the work-day were the medicine I need, my self-talk went.
There are three faithful friends – an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
I would never presume to call my spouse my “old lady”, but wise Benjamin Franklin might get away with it. As for faithful friend and partner in life, that she definitely is. I have had old dogs, and recalled others, that dog of Homer’s Ulysses waiting for his return 20 years; and the dogs who were overjoyed at their military master’s return from Afghanistan and Iraq. Now Dexter I know to be six years old. And yet Comet sometimes seems wiser beyond his supposed similar age. Yet Dexter is still fascinated by smells on the same walk we have taken for six straight years. And Comet marks his passing for future historians, so that dogs seen or heard and unseen will know that he has passed by.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Older yet wiser men and older dogs’ wisdom, if observed and heeded leads to a fulfilled life. The rest is all noise and ultimately, missed potential.