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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
TITLE: Why hang on? Why hold on?
By Margaret Watson
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I sit here waiting for the phone to ring. Diagnosis and prognosis. It is already 4 o'clock so it will probably be after the weekend now. I've never minded taking exams and tests and apart from one blip aged 16 I've always passed. But this is different. Not pen and paper, but tubes and probes and mess and blood tests. And I don't think I'm going to pass.
I am no longer young. Even I have to admit to middle age – well I made that admission quite a while ago. I've passed on my genes. So why am I so concerned? I have faith to believe in an eternal life with my Lord and I know that my family share that faith so why do I worry? Why is life so precious?
If I'm honest I am stubborn. I don't want something out of my control to decide my future. I'm not really scared of pain and mess – I've had that before. But I've got plans and I fully intend to see my grandchildren when they finally arrive. I'm not ready to go. I will have all eternity so what's the rush.
I think of short term goals – all the fruit and veg I intend to harvest in the next few months. The tidying up that would be required. I don't want someone, however loved, going through my undies draw or reading old diaries.
Longer term goals – my daughter's graduation, perhaps a wedding, another house, travel, having my husband to myself a bit more when he evwentually retires.
I'm not ready Lord. Help!
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