By GEORGE ROBERTSON, M.D.
It’s the classic struggle between time and things that don’t change or can get better with time. Two thousand and nine was good to me with no hospitalizations necessary even at my advanced age. But time will never be our friend except to celebrate the fullness of the passing of it, the experiences, the accomplishments and the joy of living.
Time says “make the ears ring with each loud noise.” But Nature invites you to listen past the roar of your tinnitus to your newborn grandchild’s cry. Listen with finer attention and training to the beautiful songs of the early morning bird calls given by her free of charge and requirements.
Father Time says “squint through ever thickening glasses at the spots on your thinning skin.” Mother Nature counters with beautiful sunsets and constantly changing colors of spring flowers contrasting with green leaves that even through cataract lenses our eyes can appreciate.
Father Time says “make the limbs tremble and falter.” But Nature tells us to feel the touch of the people around you who love you and feel the warmth of a hot cup of coffee on your lips and the pressure of the fluffy comforter on your neck as you drift off to sleep.
Time says “take your tongue and experience the roughness of the crumbling teeth in your mouth.” But Mother Nature counters with new tastes of homemade fudge and hot cider which remind you of your first Christmas memories as you expand your sensations from childhood to include new textures like mashed potatoes or a new flavor like asparagus your aunt always wanted you to try.
So as the new year summons you into the future, we all prefer the promise of Mother Nature to enrich our existence and dismiss the negative effects imperative with the passing of time.
Editor’s Note: George Robertson is a physician with Family Medical Associates, PC, in Lebanon.