On the very first day, God created the cow. He said to the cow, "Today I have created you! As a cow, you must go to the field with the farmer all day long. You will work all day under the sun! I will give you a life span of 50 years." The cow objected.
"What? This kind of tough life you want me to live for 50 years? Let me have 20 years, and the 30 years I'll give back to you."
So God agreed. On the second day, God created the monkey. He said to the monkey, "A monkey has to entertain people. You've got to make them laugh and do monkey tricks. And I'll give you a 20-year life span."
The monkey objected. "What? Make them laugh? Do monkey faces and tricks? Ten years will do, and the other 10 years? I'll give back to you."
So God agreed. On the third day, God created the dog. God said to the dog, "What you are supposed to do is to sit all day by the door of your house. Any people that come by, or in, you will have to bark at them! I'll give you a life span of 20 years!"
The dog objected. "What? All day long I have to sit by the door? No way! Let me live for only 10 years. I give you back my other 10 years of life!"
So God agreed. On the fourth day, God created man and said to him, "Your job is to sleep, eat and play. You will enjoy very much in your life. All you need to do is to enjoy and do nothing. For this kind of life, I'll give you a 20-year life span."
The man objected. "What? Such a good life! Eat, sleep, do nothing? Enjoy the best and you expect me to live for only 20 years? No way, man! Why don't we make a deal? Since Cow gave you back 30 years, Dog gave you back 10 years and Monkey gave you back 10 years, I will take them from you! That makes my life span 70 years, right?"
So God agreed.
And that is why . . .
In our first 20 years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy the best and do nothing much. For the next 30 years, we work all day long, suffer and get to support the family. For the next 10 years, we entertain our grandchildren by making monkey faces and doing monkey tricks. And for the last 10 years, we stay at home, sit in front of the door and bark at people.
I've spent years trying to figure out why life follows that pattern. Now I know. It always takes some joker to come along and let us have the funny version. Yet, as with all jokes there is an underlying truth for folks to look at.
While this may be far from the reason life is like that, there are reasons to look at life like that. These are the "seasons" so to speak, of what life is like.
We have the knowledge, the intellect and the power of observation to know and understand we will, each of us, go through these "seasons".
So now we must make a choice. We can, by choice, make each season a joy, or we can make each season terrible. We can, by choice, impart that joy to others or we can make life miserable for others. We can, by choice, have fun, enjoy all of life and contribute happiness to others or we can, by choice, have others wish they were nowhere near us.
What choices are you making, every day when you awake? What kind of a day are you deciding to have the moment you open your eyes?
I have learned, in my long years, those choices are ours to make. For the young among you heed well. For the old among you, understand we can all be like Scrooge when he awoke from his third dream. If you recall, he rejoiced at learning the lesson of giving. He danced and sang about the streets and gave where he never gave before, simply for the pure joy of it.
While life takes us through "seasons" it is our choice how terrible or wonderful those "seasons" will be.