“THIS IS THE LIFE!”
By: Donna Haug
November 11, 2003
“THIS IS THE LIFE!”
I heard you say those words. Do you remember what you were doing at the time? You were swaying gently in a hammock as a gentle breeze cooled your face. I sent that breeze wafting over the lilac bush just to please you. I thought you might like it. I had such plans for you!
But then, as many young people tend to do, you began to seek for one high after another. Nothing seemed to satisfy you for very long, but the search continued on and on. You started making friends with the ‘Fair Ground Thrill Seekers’ and didn’t even notice when I sent the gentle robin to sing for you.
First came Farris Wheel Frankie who didn’t want to have much to do with anyone else but you. He did not really have any goals or aims in life. As long as he could sit back and gently rock on his seat while enjoying a great view every once in a while, that was enough for him. The fact that he does the same circuit over and over again didn’t seem to faze him as long as he could relax and be cool. You enjoyed this as long as you were the center of his attentions. But soon Frankie bored of you and asked someone else to join him on the ride. I tried to get your attention, knowing how hurt you were, but you filled your heart with the noise and laughter coming from nearby.
Bumper Car Becky lived for the fun of ramming into other people just to see what their reaction will be. She didn’t really care that she was going round and round in circles and jolting herself in the process. She got the greatest thrill out of seeing some poor, disoriented soul who was stuck in a corner frantically turning the steering wheel and moving absolutely no where! Becky would aim directly towards her while stomping fiercely on the accelerator and broadside her victim while laughing hysterically. You thought that was great fun too for a while – until she turned on you. When you were going through a particularly hard time in your life, Becky raced to grab her Bumper Car and headed in your direction. The more she bounced you around, the more of a thrill she got from the experience. Suddenly, you realized you didn’t appreciate her ‘fun’ anymore!
Do you remember how you escaped from Becky and then ran headlong into Roller Coaster Ronnie. He liked nothing more then movement and speed. He strapped you into the very front seat with him, and taught you to feel the wind whipping through your hair and the G-force grappling for your attention. Your heavy hands hung upside-down as you looped the loops and your screams could be heard from far and wide. It was great fun for a while, but soon you began to realize that this same track had been traveled over and over again by this same train and that it always ended up right back where it started. What was the purpose in that?
I had something better to offer you – a purpose and a reason for living. But once again you allowed someone else to capture your attention.
Ring Toss Renee roused your longing for beautiful things that could be won for free! All you had to do was pay a little fee and you got FIVE rings! You couldn’t lose. She led you on with the assumption that if you tried ‘just one more time’ you would get lucky. How hard could it be to toss those colored rings onto the bottlenecks! You spent every cent in your pocket before admitting that you just couldn’t do it. You walked away empty-handed and with empty pockets as well.
With your head hanging in dejection, you shuffled aimlessly. You were so disillusioned with life. I watched as your mind went back to those days of swinging in the hammock and your heart filled with longing. I knew I had to try one more time to get your attention. A scented breeze blew purposefully through the parking lot and drew your attention beyond the chain link fence surrounding the fair. You realized that the Fair was not where you wanted to be. Gently and softly I called you. As you wandered towards the narrow gate in the fence, you finally heard my voice.
“Come with me!” I called. “Let’s take a hike in the hills. You won’t regret it! I’ll take care of you!”
Do you remember how, as we headed out of the fair grounds, you looked around in awe at the beauty that surrounded you? You met some new friends who would be taking the hike together with us. At times the path we followed was fairly straightforward. The rolling grassy fields dotted with beautiful wild flowers made sharing the company of your fellow hikers all that much sweeter.
As we reached the hills, you were surprised at how steep the climb got. It hadn’t looked so difficult when we started out, did it! You hadn’t realized how out of shape you were. Your breath started to come in short gasps and your legs burned with the effort of each step, and you realized how much you need me as your Guide. You didn’t need to worry about getting lost. I knew the road ahead and I knew that you could make it! You were so glad your new friends were with you. Their words of encouragement as they shared their canteen of water with you helped you keep going. Their hands reaching back to assist you over a particularly large rock steadied you. You learned to listen to my warnings when we got to the cliff section, and you were just fine.
Just wait till we get to the top! You’ll love it! It will be worth it all, I promise! This is such a nice resting spot. I know you are tired and are tempted to just stay put here, but we can’t stay too long. There is so much more to see and know! Take my hand and let’s keep going! You can do it! It won’t be long now and we will reach the top. I was going to save it for the end, but I’ll just give you a hint of what is waiting for you up there! My father has built the most amazing log cabin up at the top of this next rise! It is so cozy and warm. He’ll have a feast ready and waiting for us. You’ll love it up there! Come on! Let’s go! Before you know it we’ll be home!