by: Glenn Paul M. Gomez, SVD
Enjoy Life! ...in the rigth sense

On the very first day, God created the cow. He said: "As a cow, you will work all day long under the sun! I will give you a life span of 50 years." The cow objected, "What? This kind of a tough life you want me to live for 50 years? Let me have 20 years and the 30 years, I'll give back to you." So, God agreed.
On the second day, God created the dog and God said: "You are to sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone that comes in. I'll give you a life span of 20 years." The dog objected, "What? All day long to sit by the door and bark? No way! I give you back my other 10 years of life!" So, God agreed.
On the third day, God created the monkey. He said to the monkey, "Monkeys have to entertain people. You've got to make them laugh and do monkey tricks. I'll give you a 20-year life span." The monkey objected. "What? Make them laugh? Do monkey faces and tricks? Ten years will do and the other 10 years, I'll give you back." So, God agreed.
On the fourth day, God created man and said to him, "Your job is to slep, eat ang play. You will enjoy very much in your life. All you need to do is to enjoy and do nothing. This kind of life, I'll give you a 20-year life span." The man objected. "What? Such a good life! Eat, play, sleep do nothing? Enjoy the best and you expect me to live only for 20 years? No way, man! Why don't we make a deal? Since, the cow gave you back 30 years and the dog gave you back 10 years and the monkey gave you back another 10 years, let those years be added to mine! That makes my life span 70 years, right?" So, God agreed.
That's why... In the first 20 years, men and women eat, sleep and play. They enjoy the best and do nothing much. For the next 30 years, they work all day long under the sun, suffer and support their families. For the next 10 years, they entertain their grandchildren by making faces and monkey tricks. For the last 10 years, most probably, their last years, they stay at home, sit by the front door and bark at people!

"The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passion." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

So, why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet i say to you taht even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28