LIVING LONG … LIVING WELL
A tough, old cowboy was asked by his grandson how to live a long
life. “The secret of living a long life is to sprinkle a little
gunpowder on your oatmeal every morning,” the grizzled man replied.
The grandson did this religiously and he lived to the age of 93.
When he died, he left 14 children, 28 grandchildren, 35 great
grandchildren and a fifteen foot hole in the wall of the
He definitely went out with a bang. But personally, I would rather
remember somebody for how beautifully she lived her life than how
spectacularly she left it. And I would definitely prefer she leave a
hole in my heart, if necessary, than a hole in the crematorium.
Besides, it has never been about how long we will last, but about
how well we will live. I like what Queen Margarethe II of Denmark
once said: “I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in
life.” I, too, want more from my life than to simply go along for
the ride. I want to live well. I want my life to count for
something. I want it to be full and worthwhile.
Dave Dravecky, former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants baseball
team, learned a lesson about living fully and well.
Dave enjoyed an outstanding sports career until the day he was
diagnosed with soft tissue cancer in his left arm. The disease ended
his professional baseball career. After various treatments failed to
stop the growth, doctors advised Dave to have his arm amputated.
Some people may feel that a diagnosis of cancer, the loss of a
career and the amputation of a limb may as well be a death sentence.
Of course, many survivors know better. Dave, too, learned that his
life was far from over.
When his little daughter Tiffany first saw her father after surgery,
she went straight to him and hugged him long and hard. Then she
smiled and announced that she was happy his left arm was gone. She
explained that over the last few weeks, the arm had caused her
father so much pain that he hadn’t been able to hug her. With the
arm out of the way, they would be close again.
Dave Dravecky will never be the baseball star he had hoped to
become. He lost his arm and may always wonder if cancer will return.
Maybe he will still live a long life, but regardless of how long
Dave lives, it matters far more how well he lives.
He only has to hug Tiffany close, very close, to be reminded what a
full life is all about.
— Steve Goodier
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