I got to thinking. What is fulfillment? What does it mean? How do we get it? God in Heaven it is SO TOUGH. And then, I thought some more.
If I have ever done or said a kind word to someone when they needed it, then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever given good advice to my children, whether by pure accident, as would be the case most of the time or by chance of experience then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever kissed my wife, and she was satisfied that she had married the right man, then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever sung a song that brought out an honest emotion, or written a word that sparked a thought in someone’s mind, then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever fed a hungry animal, albeit a bird, cat, dog, squirrel, or any other living thing that God has created, then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever thought a thought that was pure enough for God to appreciate, then I am fulfilled.
If I have ever cooked food for loved ones, or strangers that they enjoyed or that made them happy, then I am fulfilled.
If I ever told a joke that got an HONEST laugh, then I am fulfilled.
I have seen the Ocean on both sides of this wonderful country and walked in the sands and didn’t do it until I was 16 years old. It was so wonderful, so I am fulfilled.
I have stood besides ruins of a culture over 2500 years old, and I am fulfilled.
I have touched the skin and felt the warmth of every person who I have loved the most on this Earth, and have been fulfilled.
I have eaten my Grandmother’s suppers, and have been filled and fulfilled.
I have listened to my Grandfather play the banjo and sing.
I have found an arrowhead in a field, and though about the people who once populated this land, and was genuinely sorry for what they had to go through, and I am fulfilled.
I have seen a Golden Eagle in flight.
I have listened to the Beatles, Elvis, Mahalia Jackson, Percy Faith, Perry Como, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, The Blues Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Boltz, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Laura Fabian, Eva Cassidy, Judy Garland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Clint Black, The Everly Brothers, and on and on. God I love music so much. I will miss it one of these days.
I have watched Meteors pour from the sky at such a rate that no one could have counted them.
I have seen an eclipse of the Sun and the Moon, and have seen a Comet in the Eastern sky during the early morning.
I have caught the tears of my children and tasted them. I have touched them when their skin was so soft and delicate that my whiskers made little red spots.
I have played my guitar to the UTTERMOST fulfillment in my younger days, and oh what a catharsis it has been for me. Bless the person who invented it.
I have eaten wild onions and smoked rabbit tobacco. I hated them both but it was a matter of fulfillment.
I have given money to many a homeless person, and have never told a soul (until now)
I have been in the middle of Storms of Nature and Storms of life that I did not think I would ever survive, but I did. And I have been fulfilled.
And the list could go on and on forever.
I have loved this life, and the souls of the people that our creator has chose to populate the bodies of the ones I love. I love it still every day. I want it still every day. I am afraid of it still every day.
I have witnessed things every day that I could not have imagined when I was a child.
I have seen the wonderful side of mankind first hand, but have seen his terrible wrath on film and video. But strangely that also is fulfillment.
I know that those who cannot do the things I have named above lack something which they can never, ever find. And they will NEVER be fulfilled.
I don’t know what will happen on the day I leave this earth. But I have been fulfilled.