When I was a small boy, my military minded father insisted on scrubbing me with Lava soap. Lava was a perfect name, because the soap had rocks embedded in it.
Lava could remove grease and grime and even skin and bones if you kept scrubbing. It was like sandpaper for humans.
HOWEVER! When the scrubbing was over and I rinsed off I felt like a new person. Refreshed. “Spic and span.” Uber-clean. Occasionally my soul needs a cleaning like that.
My Yearbook Picture
Not long ago, I found my high school yearbook. It was like looking at a snapshot of life as it was over 50 years ago.
As I glanced through the pictures, I realized that life as I knew it back then changed instantly the day I touched my diploma.
All those classmates I had lived to impress, all those friends who promised to keep in touch, disappeared.
Life as I knew it changed overnight.
We had just finished taking my grandchildren on a wild tubing excursion. For over an hour we trolled the lake looking for boats that made monster wakes, the kind of wakes that could get screaming children on a tube airborne.
The children’s laughter echoed across the lake and lifted my soul. Then out of nowhere it happened.
Last week’s post $50,000,000 or a Chance to Start Over must have hit a nerve. I had more responses to that post than any in the past year.
I promised to tell you in this week’s follow up post how I would respond if I had the chance to make that choice. Most of you chose the $50,000,000 and for some very honorable reasons.
If you haven’t read last week’s post or the responses, I suggest you go back and check it out. Continue reading to learn which choice I would make.
An old friend I had not seen for years asked “the question” in the middle of a casual lunch.
It came out of nowhere.
He set down his coffee cup looked directly at me and said,
“Ken, if you were given the opportunity to choose between getting a tax free check for $50,000,000 (that’s 50million!) today, or you could go back to age 5 (that’s five) and live your life again knowing all that you have learned during your 70 (that’s seventy) years on earth, which would you choose?”
I pondered the question for days…