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“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time; and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.  Out, out brief candle.  Life’s just a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5, lines 19-28 []

We all have our good days and our off days. Macbeth, it seems, was having an off life. His early vision of the future was rosy and full of opportunity for career advancement, but, somewhere, it all went wrong. Reconciling his dream for the future with the harsh reality of its eventual arrival convinced Macbeth that Life really sucks. Thus the despondency of the above quote.

Thank goodness for childhood. Most of us find that childhood’s journey, though studded with “uh, oh” moments, is filled with the excitement of new discoveries on a daily basis. Even those shortchanged from birth with poor health and physical attributes display an amazing in-your-face mental toughness. It is the onset of adulthood that starts to cloud the picture in our crystal ball. For peace of mind and faith in the future, childhood is where it’s at.

There is an expression younger people use to appraise the actions of elderly persons who seem to be acting inappropriately for their birthday age:  he (she) is “going through a second childhood,” an appraisal that is often delivered in a pitying tone. Admiration might be a better tone for the elderly target. Having passed through childhood’s dreams for the future, and been beaten down by the future reality, the return of child-like vision and acceptance of Life’s offerings is the equivalent of Peter Pan’s happy place. All things become possible again and the future is rosy once more.



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