The Menacing Future
Ist Wer Vergisst Was Einmal Nicht Zu Änderen Ist
(Happy Is He Who Accepts That
Which Cannot Be Changed)
thinking human beings worry about situations that appear to be dangerous,
hurtful, unbecoming, and more. They
are concerned about the future, their income, their opportunities or lack
thereof, and much more. They attempt to make situations acceptable, pleasant,
and doable. They are concerned what
tomorrow will bring. Some of the
worries are about income, eventual retirement, the state of the country, their
children, their spouses or significant others, their weight, their appearance,
their abilities to please, and much more.
are innumerable folk who are so obsessed with aging that in an attempt to remain
young they will plaster their face with makeup, which emphasizes their age more
than their few wrinkles. Beauty
potions can emphasize elderly skin by appearing like plastic in the grooves of
the face. Unnatural blond or very
black or red hair can create attention to the older face and create a more
negative impression than the clean skin or natural pleasing white hair.
It must be remembered that accepting older age gracefully often creates
an air of respect and grace about the not so young individual.
our modern age, men, too, are urged to dye their hair, and to let it “grow”
even though nature mitigates against this belief.
On an eighty percent bald head, the dyed scalp and the long strings that
emanate from the back of the head call attention to the aging face and head and
add years to the otherwise clean cut appearance that adds dignity and highlight
good facial features. Unless an individual can spend great amounts of money on
plastic surgery, amateur attempts at changing one's appearance end in failure
and emphasize the true age of the owner afflicted with the fear of maturing.
Children grow up and adults do also.
No amount of artificial means will alter this fact. It must be remembered
that we cannot change the life cycle by artificial means.
of the strongest fears that humanity has is the fear of death.
No one wants to face the “final solution.” The normal person does not
want to suffer the pain, the agony, and the farewell from acquired goods, from
their comfortable living space, their home, their possessions, and, most of all,
the separation for eternity from their loved ones.
He or she will not have the man or woman that he or she lived with for
most of their years of life, that the happy times they spent are behind them,
his or her helpmate will be lost, the person who valued him or her and knew his
or her “ins and their outs” will be gone.
The thought of being alone in a casket, in a grave in the ground, with an
inability to see, to hear, or to breathe, is disturbing.
is always worry about the future
that looms so menacingly for people. The
fear of rejection from others, the domination of people who are young, the
feeling of being abandoned is there for many of the inhabitants of our earth.
are situations in life that we cannot change.
We must accept these statuses. We
can learn, we can use the resources that are ours, we can attempt to change our
outlook, but we are unable to change our inner core.
We can spend time with the situations that give us joy.
We can count the positives in our lives, whatever they may be.
We can share our feelings with those that we love and remind ourselves
that we are not too different than others in our lives.
The most important equation is to remember that some things cannot be
changed. We cannot make chocolate
out of steel no matter how hard we try. Let
us live in reality, appreciate our loved ones and our accomplishments, and
cherish the blessings that are ours. We
cannot concentrate on that which absolutely cannot be changed!