I am of the age where I appreciate the simple instructions. Hence, I have fond memories of the VCR. It had three buttons to make it go. Stop, rewind, and forward. No virtual menu required, no online manual or further explanation needed. All of life should be that simple.
Forward is my favourite. When I was in Israel, someone in conversation would suddenly sum things up with the happy injunction “KADIMA!” which translates as “FORWARD”. It is like us saying, “ONWARD AND UPWARD!” Kadima was a catch-all phrase to sum things up. Someone would say, “Kadima” and slap you on the back, and send you on your way. Go forward, brother.
Forward, I get. When I was a kid learning to ride a a bike there was an awkward phase where I figured out how to stay upright only by forward momentum, and if I stopped, I would fall over. Moreover, I had not figured out how to turn left or right, as this would also interfere with my concentration of peddling and staying upright. So forward it was.
Not everyone could appreciate this reduction of principle to what was immediately necessary for my biking success. One day I saw an old lady up ahead and I panicked. I didn’t know how to turn left or right, and I could not pull it all together enough to stop. The old lady, who turned out to be not so feeble, could not understand anything except that I had rode into her on purpose, and her umbrella and her tongue laid out some instant justice that you may not be used to getting from old ladies in public.
You get a multitude of instructions from a multitude of parties when you have a heart attack. It’s about all the new stuff you should do, and how you should change your life going into the future. Also about all the stuff you should not do, which can get to be a long list. I get it, but it’s also good to go with what you know, and I am happily stuck in the same mode. Forward. It’s the only instruction I really get. Stopping is a problem, and turning, well, it may be too late.
Hence, because it is what I know best, I will keep on keeping on. Moving forward sounds pretty good, at least as a mind set. I will go with that as long as the mind is willing, and the body will follow after. Short of outright breakage, this will continue for a while, God willing. It’s what I know, and so far it’s working.
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