Two gentlemen in their senior years were setting at the restaurant table talking about current events and life back in the 'good old days'. The gentlemen, dressed casually in what was probably their favorite attire, bore the markings of age. Their hair of white and lines from years of learning about life adorned both men, but they still had the gleam of life twinkling in their eyes. As they continued to sip their coffee, one of the men began to share his thoughts about a subject heard quite often in a conversation. At the end of his thoughts, he made the statement 'well one thing is for sure and that is death and taxes'. As the other nodded in approval, he picked up his coffee with a hand that shown the wrinkles of many years of labor. After a sip of his coffee, the gentleman looked at his old friend and commented
"Well old friend, you can't take it with you".
I begin to think about how we tend to hold things of material value so dearly. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the nice things in life as most of us do. There are times when it even creates a point of envy, such as a friend purchasing a new automobile or a fine home. We tend to define this as being or not being as fortunate.The older gentleman's statement does appear to have substance. All through our life's plan we accumulate the material gifts that we are blessed with. We begin at birth with a simple rattle or bottle given as gifts from the love of a family member. The material gifts continue to blossom as we grow, from bicycles and baseball cards to doll houses and stuffed animals. Soon one becomes an adult, working toward the rewards of a new automobile or a fine home. The adult soon are giving to their little ones the material gifts of a simple rattle, a bicycle, or a doll house.
The material gifts will also be lost along the way as we continue to accumulate. Many of us no longer have our rattle given to us at birth, or even the bicycle. Our first automobile is a memory in a photograph, and the reward of a fine home may have been sold. Throughout life one accumulates material gifts, will lose material gifts, and once again accumulate material gifts. No matter how much one accumulates in material gifts one thing is for sure -
'You can't take it with you'.
But let's think about this for a moment, there appears to be a gift that you can 'take it with you'. The gift is given to us before our first baby bottle or rattles. The gift appears to flourish within us upon our first breath of life's earthly plan and retain this gift apparently in life-everlasting. In fact, the gift actually grows upon completing the earthly plan far more than one can comprehend. It is the gift of love.I guess this is the reason when a loved one who has moved on (some define this as crossing over) acknowledges their presence; they never share how they wished they would have taken a material gift with them, but rather the inspirational love that the spiritual energy has within. As the two older gentleman continued to discuss other topics and drink their coffee, I smiled and thought
"Old friends, you can take something with you."