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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Live life to the fullest, you'll be glad you did

Ramblings From the Heart by Allen Hrubes

Human beings are a complex interweaving of many things that make us who we are.  Influences growing up, experiences in life and emotions can combine into a sometimes jumbled-up mess.  Sometimes a person’s attitude toward life can vary from one extreme to another seemingly within the blink of an eye.  This attitude can be unpredictable and change with any given situation presented to the individual.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how things in my life seemed to be cascading out of control due to the fact that, No. 1, I was no longer in the prime of my life with no creditable prospect for improvement and No. 2, my daughter was in college over 300 miles away and from me missing her and remembering happier days with her, my attitude towards life seemed as low as a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.  The days were rather dark and dreary with no foreseeable relief in sight.

Although school would soon be over for the summer, I felt little solace due to the fact that Layton, along with getting ready for finals week, was busy applying for internships at various businesses and organizations to further her education in her chosen field of study; namely animal science.  She was most interested in being hired to work on a cattle ranch where she could experience animal behaviors and human emotions from the production side of things.  Most of the prospects were many miles from home and it seemed that another summer without Layton might be inevitable.

But low and behold, she was accepted for an internship at a ranch located on the Dawson/Prairie county border that featured a long history of excellence and success realized through hard work and diligence for the past 100 years. Now, Layton spends week days in the country and most weekends are spent in town!

There are tell-tale signs she’s home that are too obvious to ignore.  Crumbs remaining on the countertop and supper table, a sink full of dirty dishes from late-night feeding frenzies, mostly empty pop cans left throughout the house, empty Kool-Pop™ wrappers littered from hell to breakfast, a bedroom with clothes strewn on bed posts and lamp shades, the lights and TV in her room left on prior to her leaving the house, both ceiling and breeze-box fans runnin’ at an optimum speed and, well … you get the picture.  At first, I was bothered by the seemingly lackluster and haphazard ways of my daughter. At times, I wondered if my daughter had been born in a barn when finding the messes left in her wake.  Although the place was not as orderly as it used to be, the realization finally hit me that this is a good thing!  A truly, WONDERFULLY, GOOD thing!

The air now seems more electric.  There’s just somethin’ about Layton and her best friend at home, in her bedroom, visiting about things young women talk about, texting on their cell phones while the TV is blasting fast and loud.  The youthful energy in my step that seemed to be missing when Layton was at college appears to have returned. Yes, it’s wonderful to feel this way again!

People are blessed with emotions, attitudes and feelings. It’s what makes us human.  Sometimes these traits are lurking just below the surface of our very being.  It never ceases to amaze me how little it can take for one of them to burst above the fray of life and affect our world; sometimes in a bad way but other times in  very good way.

I know that in order for us to appreciate the good times, there MUST be difficult and trying times to balance out our life and in the process, helps us appreciate when the good eventually comes our way.

Life, with all of its ups and downs, is precious and needs to be appreciated for what it’s worth. Try to live it to the fullest each and every day.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  I know I sure am!

Allen Hrubes an occasional Glendive columnist for the Ranger-Review can be reached at metalal@midrivers.com.

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