A man who was 92 years old went in for his annual checkup at the doctor’s office, and despite his advanced age, he gave off an air of vigor and contentment that was unusual for someone of his age. When the doctor asked the elderly guy about his health, the man brightened and shared some surprise news with him. He said, “Things are great, and I’ve never felt better!” I recently married a young woman of 20 years old, and she is carrying my child.
This information stunned the physician, and before he responded, he took a little pause to collect his thoughts. He came to the conclusion that relating an intriguing tale from his own life, one that he hoped would shed some light on the matter, would be the best course of action.
The physician started his story by saying, “I have an older friend who is also an avid hunter and never misses a hunting season.” This friend is very similar to you. As the doctor continued, the elderly guy listened intently to what he had to say.
“While my friend was getting ready for a hunting trip one day, he made a fairly careless error due to forgetfulness. He neglected to take his ammunition with him, and as luck would have it, he ended up at a beautiful location beside a lake. There, he saw an adorable beaver having fun near the water’s edge.”
The physician related how his companion, upon realizing his mistake, found himself unable to shoot the beaver since he did not have any ammunition. He decided to take aim with his favorite hunting rifle, glanced down the sights, and yelled “bang bang” in jest. This was done with a feeling of whimsy and probably a bit of absent-mindedness.
Unbelievably, two separate shots rang out, and the beaver remained immobile on the ground. The old man listened attentively to the story that the doctor was telling, and he was captivated by the unexpected turn of events.
The physician then turned to the elderly guy and asked, “Now, what do you think of that?” After giving the account a moment’s thought while attentively scratching his chin, the seasoned man finally replied, “Logic would strongly suggest that somebody else pumped a couple of rounds into that beaver.”
The physician smiled knowingly as he bowed his head and stated, “My thoughts exactly.”
After hearing the tale, the man of 92 years old smiled with an expression of comprehension. The things that happened to us in life frequently defied logic and went far beyond what we had anticipated. When he left the doctor’s office, he took with him not only the knowledge that he was in good health but also a fresh appreciation for the delightful surprises that life could provide, even when one was nearing the end of their life.