How many times did I propose to that wonderful and beautiful young woman?
As the saying goes, “the 25th time is the charm,” or something to that effect.
That really is the truth! Twenty-four proposals were insufficient. The prize often lies in going the extra mile.
As we celebrate our 42nd anniversary with our 7 children and 16 (soon to be 17) grandchildren, that truth is abundantly clear.
As we watched our “gang” gathering for a family picture I told my lovely bride that we were truly seeing the blessings of patiently enduring the financial, physical and emotional struggles of undergraduate studies, medical school, internship, residency, establishing a practice, etc.
We all face challenges, and they may, at times, seem insurmountable, but with the benefit of hindsight those challenges can take on sweetness.
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, sums up this notion perfectly:
“That is what mortals misunderstand…The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why…the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven” and the Lost, “We were always in Hell and both will speak truly.“
With a career, family and life I love, I believe I’m in Heaven!