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…
This picture shows the five avalanche lines that come down the mountain.
My Granddaughter, Jadyn, was only three years old when we drove to our mountain getaway in Buena Vista Colorado. As we came over Trout Creek Pass the lush Arkansas valley unfolded before us. Just beyond the valley rose the majestic 14,000 ft Collegiate Peaks that form the continental divide.
Look carefully at this picture. It will help you will understand the conversation that followed.
“Where is our cabin?” Jadyn asked.
I pointed to five avalanche chutes that converged just above our home and said, “Our place is located right where those five lines come down the mountain.”
She stared intently at the mountains for several minutes. After a long period of silence she spoke in a timid voice.
It was creation. God and an angel were sitting on the edge of the universe just enjoying the scenery. God took a deep breath and said. “Look at all the beautiful things I have made. These things are good.”
“I have wrapped them in a 24-hour period. Half will be light, half will be dark and it will keep repeating itself forever.”
“Wow,” the angel said, “What are you going to do next?”