Friday, October 02, 2015

Is 75 a good age to die at?

August 31, 2015
Another snow storm.  It was very cold.  The only thing warm that Iowa winter was Anita Baker’s new single ‘Sweet Love.’  Warm?  No, It was HOT.  I had listened to it at least ten times in a row a night before.  Stop, rewind, play, stop, rewind, play…and keep doing it.
It was now morning.  Subdued light had broken outside but I did not want to leave the bed.  Someone on the door was knocking.  I lifted the curtain a bit to see who it was.  It was Theresa—I had met her through the Cosmopolitan Club.  She had a book in her hand.
‘I am leaving for home.  Want to give you this book before I leave,’ she yelled and waved a book she had in her hand.  I went to the door and got the book from her.  She gave me a hug, her icy cold cheek pressing against mine—and then left.
I looked at the book after she was gone.  It was ‘Pulling Your Own Strings’ by Wayne Dyer.  I started reading it and found it absorbing.  Before I knew it I was quarter of the way through.  It was as if Dyer was right in front of me, talking to me about how to live a life of freedom.  I finished that book and then read others Dyer had written.  Dyer’s books had a profound impact on me.  About to end college, it was the best career counseling I could get.  I decided to never ever work for anyone but myself.  I also learned to question authority…any authority, all authorities.
Wayne Dyer has died.  I hope he died in peace knowing that countless people around the world have benefitted tremendously from his writings.

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