The old man knew he had a terminal illness. His days were numbered.
He reasoned in his mind that he had a few choices.
- He could sit in his chair, read, paint , do a puzzle – yes he could…..and yes he did.
- He could remain comfortable and ensure that his life was peaceful and not complicated by stress. Yes, he could and he did.
But then he had an idea. He was going to welcome each new morning as a NEW beginning. He would write a simple sentence or maybe even record just a few words of his feelings, the weather, or a one word honest comment. BUT, he would also find a small object, painting symbol each day, He kept it all on a box marked ‘Papa Pete’s final journey.’ He knew the idea was inspired by God.
The legacy in this box is full of treasures. It covers only eighteen months but what wonderful beauty, faith, hope and appreciation for life. His personal writing under the lid made sense of the whole.
He had written…..I know that my God Lives and I know He is with me ALL THE WAY.
There are small pictures. Notes of honesty expressing pain and suffering. There are vibrant images of Hope and surity of eternity.
The beautiful stones, pressed flowers, shells, tiny pictures of his wife children and grandchildren have minute sticker images in some corners. A smiley, A star, or a ball, or drawn image of what he felt or knew about the person.
Pete’s Box is a great collection but the basic truth of this story is……..
He learned to welcome each day as A NEW BEGINNING.
I believe it is a good lesson for us all. HAVE A GREAT NEW DAY!
Blessings and love.