Editor’s Note: Reece Gardner’s bi-weekly column, which normally runs every Wednesday, is running in today’s edition and onlinw at the author’s request.

 

I have two questions I want to deal with today: (1) Have you ever known anyone who was perfect?, and, (2), Do you wish you were 18 again?

First, on the perfection subject. I doubt you have ever known anyone who was perfect, but you probably have known some people who acted as though they were. I have long been convinced that no one on this earth is perfect, and that to expect perfection from ourselves or from others is an invitation to frustrated living. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we might tend to look at high achievers or celebrities as though they were somehow more special than the rest of us until, upon meeting them, we see that they have their trials and tribulations just like everyone else. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of people who are really very special.

The two people in my life who have come closest to being angels on earth are my mother and my wife. Growing up, I watched my mother endure hardships and disappointments, but I never saw her evoke the “Woe is Me” theme. Her Christian faith and her unconditional love and care for her family was always her main emphasis on life. And then I met and married My Emma, and all those blessings continued.

The truth is, folks, all God’s children are special and possess traits which are admirable and praiseworthy. Like you, I have some really WONDERFUL friends on whom I can depend, and I try to let them know how much I appreciate them, even though, like me, they are not yet perfect.

Now to the second question: Many of you have probably heard George Burns’ recording of “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again.” I watched him when, at the age of 95, he sang that song to a huge concert crowd, and his performance was moving and excellent in every way. But I wonder, upon reflection, how many of us would actually wish to be 18 again. It does seem to be a natural tendency to look back nostalgically on “the good old days,” but when we do that we risk losing the wondrousness of TODAY. The true joy of life is not in yesterday or, for that matter, in tomorrow. The true joy of life is in the JOURNEY, one day at a time.

For me, to suddenly be 18 again would be to suddenly be alone, without my wife, my children, or my grandchildren, or my extended family and friends. These are treasures that I have been blessed with over the years and am blessed with today, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. As the old song goes, “When I’m worried, and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings.”

My you be blessed this day.

 

 

Reece Gardner is the host of “The Reece Gardner Hour,” which airs on Suddenlink Cable, Kinston, channels 17 and 117, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m,, also airing simultaneously on Time-Warner, Jacksonville, Channels 20 and 1232, and on Charter Cable, Wilmington, Channels 35 and 735, as well as on the Internet, 24/7, by logging onto The Reece Gardner Hour.