“I ran into Jerry today. He looked like death warmed over! He was old! Not in years…he was no older than me, but he was pale, almost pasty, and stressed out, as usual. And afraid. Afraid he may not be able to retire, afraid that his lifestyle may suffer, afraid that the money might just run out before he expires. One look at him convinced me that he need not worry. He was already dead. He just didn’t know it!”
That conversation took place earlier today with a friend that has “left it all behind” and found his life! And when he talked to Jerry earlier today, any doubt he had was gone.
Most of those around him thought he had lost it. Funny, kind of what they think about me today.
That was a number of years ago. I know this person well. He was a workaholic, he smoked non stop, he was irritable, and difficult to be around. And all he thought about was money. And he too, was pasty and looked like death.
But then, the epiphany! The lightbulb moment. In his case, it wasn’t anything extreme. Just a few words spoken casually to him was all it took. And then he knew what he had to do! And he did it! He walked away from the world of “greed” and into the world of “need.”
To do that he changed his address…he comes here to visit now, but with each passing year, the visits become less frequent. In fact, no one knows him anymore. He has ceased to exist.
But, he is happy. And I am happy for him. I choose to follow my own path as well, and inevitable separation is already beginning to take place.
And that’s just the way it is!