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14 May 2007 @ 04:51 am

When the roses bloom again beside the river

And the mocking bird has sung her sweet refrain,

In the days of Auld Lang Syne, I'll be with you sweetheart mine

 - When The Roses Bloom Again

(Will D. Cobb / Gus Edwards,   1901)

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, who was recently in a high-speed collision on his way to Atlantic City, where he broke a leg, 11 ribs, a collarbone and his sternum, said upon leaving the hospital, "I think I am the most blessed guy in the world."

It's an odd thing that happens when your body's been wracked with pain and you're dealt a horrible hand that leaves you weak and physically debilitated. You gain an appreciation and (for at least a brief period) a love for life that eludes you when you are not faced with serious physical challenges. I think most people who've entered a hospital dealing with excruciating pain and are able to one day leave would agree. And, if you're not too thick-skulled, you realize it's because you're mortal, the clock is ticking, and your time will soon be over. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, you become keenly aware that the person you are – made of skin and bone and blood, with the name that you carry – will one day soon be gone.


Having been hospitalized many times myself, I think I see many aspects of my life through the eyes of an older man. Which is why, when I'm faced with a series of setbacks in my personal life, I'm very aware that what's most heartbreaking is not that things didn't work out in one situation or another, but that time is moving ever faster to the end and I will most likely never be able to accomplish some of the most basic tasks in life (in other words, I can always write  a song, but I never get the girl).

When you obtain an aerial view on life – and you can clearly see the beginning, the middle, and the end – you will gain a greater appreciation for life, but unfortunately when we are at our wisest we die.

Current Music: Red Foley - Sugarfoot Rag: Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight