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Saturday, March 13, 2010


           Anyone celebrating any birthday beyond seventy is repeatedly pestered with the usual question, “What was the secret of your long life?”
            An elderly nun, Sister Ruth, was asked, “What would you do if you had a chance to do it all over again?”
            She said, “As you see, I’m a nun. As such, I belong to a group of orderly, organized people who live a regular and healthy life. So that’s what I did, too. But there were times when I had my silly moments. And if I could do it all over again, I would like to have more of those silly moments. In other words, the next time around, I would not do much planning. I would leave more to chance. You know, I’m one of those people who carry around a thermometer, hot water bottle and raincoat-just in case. The next time around, I would leave all the gear at home. I would get up before dawn and walk barefoot in the dewy grass. I would take ride or two on a merry-to-round. And I would not trouble my head about what anyone else thought about it.”
            What this gray-haired Sister was saying was: “I’d trust in God more…. And leave most of the running of my life to him.”

     -Hans Dieter Schelauske


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