Saturday Single No. 311

On occasion, I’ve alluded here – sometimes obliquely, sometimes in a more straight-forward manner – to some physical limitations that have set in over the past dozen years or so. I’ve tried not to make them too much a part of this blog, and when those limitations have made themselves known, I’ve coped. Sometimes I’ve mentioned it here, and other times I have not. Generally, however, that coping has not involved my missing something that’s important.

Twice in the past few months, it has.

In late summer, I was unable to take my mother to an event in the Twin Cities; she understood but was nevertheless disappointed, as was I. And today, I’ve had to cancel my own trip to the Twin Cities to play Strat-O-Matic baseball in my pal Dan’s second annual tournament. That, too, is disappointing.

And I find myself fearing this morning that as the years pass, my activities will be limited more and more by my chronic ailments and I will be less and less able to do those things I love. A good chunk of that fear, no doubt, is today’s disappointment leaking over the top of its container. To mix metaphors, that no doubt tints my vision in a manner that’s not necessarily accurate.

So I know I need to take a long view. I need to stay positive and appreciate those things I do have today, as I wrote about not long ago. In short, I need to listen to Neil Young’s advice in the title of his tune “Don’t Let It Bring You Down.” It’s from his 1970 album After the Gold Rush, and it’s today’s Saturday Single.

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