Old Father Time - My Old Friend
Well my old friend, a year has come and gone since we first met. And what a difference you made to my life. I wasn´t sure how to take you at first because I knew you were keeping secrets. Hardly a good thing to do when you are just getting to know someone but now I understand your reasons my friend.
It was all about timing! The funny thing is, as I said to your predecessor, I already knew. I was waiting for confirmation but the time needed to be right for you to reveal. Strange that although I already knew, I was still reeling in shock. I really didn´t expect you to be so brutal. But then again, I´m glad you were. It was your way of teaching me to STOP – REASSESS and move on.
And move on I did! And move back in some cases. Not a move back in any negative way. Just a move back to MYSELF. A return of self-respect, pride, self-esteem and dignity. You brought new hope, new vision and a new determination that I have not witnessed in quite some time. You worked hard in the early part, to cut away the roots of entanglement that had been trying to hold me back. One thing we both knew, is that you can´t hold someone back who has determination in abundance and an attitude that says “II WILL NEVER GIVE UP”.
You brought some bolts out of the blue too. I wasn´t looking for them and I really didn´t ever expect them but when they came, they hit harder than I have ever been hit before. But this time the hit was sweet. Only you will know how happy I was with that. It was short lived but I will never forget what that did for my motivation, enthusiasm and how it gave me a zest for life again.
Some people come into your life like angels. They´re not meant to stay. They´re there to guide you through the tough times. They provide the opportunity for you to be able to look back and say “My life is better because you were in it”. I wish they could stay. I really do but sometimes paths are meant to cross and not join. And this is true of you my friend. I know you can´t stay but I´m a better person for knowing you.
It´s not long now until you take you final bow and you deserve the rest. You´ve had worked hard and accomplished much. There are still things that I wish we could finish together but that´s a job for your replacement. He´ll be young and he´ll be excited, which is no bad thing, if he builds on your lessons and carries forward your courage and wisdom.
Where he will lead me, I´m not sure but as what seemed insurmountable obstacles have disappeared, the path is clearer and the horizon so much brighter. I do know that it will be a journey of discovery but what I will find remains to be seen. My only wish is that there is happiness along the path to discovery.
One last thing before you go. The greatest lesson that I learned from you, is that you can´t move on to the next chapter, if you keep reading the last one.
Thank you for believing in me, thank you for having patience with me and thank you for making me smile again.
Happy New year everyone.
May all your dreams come true