Would it make any difference in the way we live if we lived our lives in reverse? Just suppose we were old first and became young again.
Would we enjoy the fact that we can do mundane, every day chores, because we know what it is like to watch others sweep our floors from our nursing home beds?
Would we visit the elderly family members and neighbors more often, especially those who are house bound or in a nursing home? Or even just send a card or letter? Postage isn’t all that high when we realize how important mail is to the lonely person.
Would we as farmers realize that there is a younger generation ready to take over the reins? Sure we enjoy sitting in a tractor, being in control; would we really think it right to keep reminding our sons and daughters that someday this will all be theirs, even though they just celebrated their sixtieth birthday?
Would we value supper-time with the family more? Maybe choose to have the children and ourselves involved in far less extracurricular activities and plan more family to do projects, such as gardening, taking walks together, or helping someone we know that could use a helping hand.
Would we set a good example so that our children are capable of being mature adults, disciplined enough to be good employees or business owners? Would we whistle more while we worked?
Would we save more for a rainy day and live within our means without murmuring? That maybe we don’t need the latest, newest and greatest item? King Solomon in Ecclesiastes had this to say, ‘not one good thing did I withhold from me, yet it did not satisfy’.
Would we be a bit choosier on how we spend our time – specifically, less time on electronic devices. We all have been given twenty-four hours, and believe me it is easy to fritter time away on these ‘things’.
For those of us that find ourselves cooking just for two, would we call some friends up inviting them to come over for supper – or better yet, help out a local café and eat together, and catch up on the happenings in each other lives?
Would we put ourselves in the other person’s shoes, especially when we have a complaint about a product that didn’t do as we expected it to? Do we really have to be so nasty to the person we are relaying our dissatisfaction on a product too?
Would we both realize that there are challenges in being the employer or the employee?
Would we, who are the employers, consider that our employees are vital in keeping our business thriving? Would we remember that good wages, benefits, and a few extras show our employees that they are appreciated, never forgetting that they need a decent wage to make ends meet?
Would we, as employees, work our hardest, do the best we can and try to be a pleasant person to work with, thanking our boss for the opportunity to be employed and make a living? Would we realize that in the business world it isn’t always easy to pull a profit and the decisions the person in charge makes can make the difference between survival and closing the doors?
Would we just appreciate the gift of life more if we lived our lives in reverse?
We can’t undo the past, and there is only so much of the future we can control. But every minute we consciously choose what we do.
Would we do things differently if we kept eternity in mind?
The 2008 Academy-Award winning movie The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the main character (Benjamin Button) is born in 1860 as an old man and mysteriously begins aging backward. At the beginning of his life he is withered and worn, but as he continues to grow younger he embraces life – he goes to war, runs a business, falls in love, has children, goes to college and prep school, and, as his mind begins to devolve, he attends kindergarten and eventually returns to the care of his nurse.
The movie is an adaptation of an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story written in 1922 and is a witty and fantastical satire about aging and the frailty of humanity.