I woke to the fragrant smell of the redolent meadow. The cool morning air upon my face was like an old friend inviting me to reminisce over times now forgotten. Suddenly, cruelly, I am aware of my new friend; the intruder who has now invaded my body……taking every ounce of energy I have left just to lift myself up and painfully and ever so slowly shift dizzily across the floor and to the doorway………..
As I languidly open the hoary wooden door that stands between me and that fresh, sweet meadow, I hear it squeal as if crying out in pain almost seeming to empathize with me and that feeling I cannot seem to escape. That intrusive new “friend” that seems to be playing his endless game of tag, mocking me, lingers as he outmaneuvers me over and over again.
As I strolled down the pebbled road, suddenly it became more real to me than it ever had before. I do not want to play this game anymore. It is not a game I can win and to make peace with my new friend, I must try to quit fighting him. Instead I must embrace him. Make him a part of me. I’ve known him long enough now to know he does not give up easily. He likes it here. He’s made it clear he likes me and does not intend to leave any time soon. He is in a sense my new reality.
As I looked upward and let the sunshine gently blow me a kiss I remembered the words a very wise man, my father, once said. “Make reality your friend.” Such a simple phrase. How is it that these 4 little words hold such magic? Such freedom? It seems too simple really. But then again, so what? Simple is good. Simple is GOD!
So I will. I simply WILL make reality my friend. I will simply embrace him and see where it takes me. But I think in order to keep the peace between me and my new friend, we will need to invite my old friend along on the journey. The one who has been with me since the beginning of time. Only He knows any of us fully. He created us. He is the author and finisher of life.
As I continue on my journey and my new friend and I become one, and I continue to embrace the unknown, I will hold firmly to the one thought he just whispered in my ear “I do not know what tomorrow brings, but I do know who brings tomorrow.” That is reality and I will make reality my friend!