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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Three Things: Then and Now

As a teenager, what did you desire to do most: Career-wise? Sports-wise? Relationship-wise? How have your desires changed since then? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1696).

As a teenager I had no clue about what career path I wished to follow. I did not know enough about myself or the world of work to have any compelling preferences. I did not like sports unless it was afterschool "sandlot" sports. My favorite game was impromptu orchestrations of basketball. I enjoyed the exhilarating exercise and the friendly competitive camaraderie. Having no close friends in high school, I felt a vacuum in the relationship area of my life.

Now at 72, I am content with the career that I proactively courted in computers. Actually I got into computers hoping that my information skills would lead to a management position, but this never occured. My favorite activities in the computer area were customer service and the pristine joy that comes with the intense focus and concentration of programming. Over the years I have come to appreciate the many lessons that sports teaches regarding the indispensability of diverse roles. As for playing sports now, I seldom do it; and when I do, it is more likely than not to be a game of tossing beanbags. My world has immensely changed for the better in terms of human relationships. I think people would recognize a greater confidence and self-assertiveness in my demeanor today, greater joy generally, and the noticeable pleasure I now find in social situations. Blessings abound and I am grateful for them all.

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