Hell of a Guy

One More Trip Around the Sun…


In the song “One More Trip Around the Sun” Jimmy Buffet sings,

“No, you never see it coming,  Always wind up wondering where it went,  Only time will tell if it was time well spent.  It’s another revelation, celebrating what I should have done, with these souvenirs of my trip around the sun.  Yes, I’ll make a resolution, that I’ll never make another one, just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun, just enjoy this ride ... Until it’s done.”

Today I get to celebrate having made another trip around the sun.  What a wonderfully clever way to describe one more year passed.  I was not familiar with this song, but thanks to my fine brother-in-law in Tampa, Florida, I now am.

One more trip around the sun.  That is exactly what I needed today to put this birthday in prospective.  Earlier I read a long list of Birthday Wishes on Facebook.  Many were simply put – Happy Birthday and Wishes for the Happiest of Birthdays, but then there were those I didn’t expect.  Accolades?  I just am not good with accolades. 

I think of myself as a simple guy with simple tastes, just happy to be who I am but also comfortable with whom I am.  I learned a long time ago that it isn’t about me, it just is, and as I read some of the nice things people had to say, I have to admit I choked up a bit.

David Viscott said, “The purpose of life is to discover your gift.  The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” 

I personally have never needed accolades, and as much as I am embarrassed to receive them, I must also admit I like them.  But rather then get them I really enjoy giving them.  As a manager I loved to get recognition for my people, as a father I love to see my children get it, and as a husband, nothing makes me prouder than to hear good things said about my wife.

I am not too sure I ever have or ever will discover my gift; I take pride in having given of myself to others.  My goal as a parent, in my marriage and in my working and social lives has been to make a difference in the lives of others.  I pray this is something I have accomplished.

As I begin my 69th year on the planet I can honestly say it has been a wonderful ride.  One, as I have said many times, I would start over from the very beginning and live each and every moment again without changing a thing – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Now I think just going to sit back and enjoy the rest of this day to the fullest because, for sure, this is The Best Day Ever and the perfect day to begin one more trip around the sun.

And that is all I have to say about that…

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