I finished my yard work and stripped for my shower. My old bones were aching. It was really a chore to mow the yard and take care of the lawn, especially in this hot Texas sun. The cooling waters were such a wonderful refreshment. I dried, dressed and prepared to relax in front of the television to watch the Cubs play ball. As I began to sit down, I remembered that I had not gone to the mailbox to get the mail. So, I arose from the couch, bones creaking, and walked to the cluster of mailboxes where our mail was delivered.
I had no expectations as I opened the box and pulled out the collection of mail. But glaring out at me in the 10 x 14 white envelope was the bold letters. “YOU HAVE REACHED LEVEL 5.”
The excitement overwhelmed me. I had done it. I had reached Level 5. I didn’t know what I had reached level 5 of, but I had indeed reached it. I literally danced all the way home, barely able to contain my shouts of joy, so that I could rip the envelope open and see what I had accomplished.
I shouted to my wife as I entered the front door. “I made it! I made it! I reached the kitchen table and grasped the envelope and threw the remainder of the mail on the table as my eager fingers began to rip open the large white envelope. I began to read, “Congratulations, you have reached level 5 and as a result, you are now eligible to purchase this valuable Accident Insurance from Stickit 2U Insurance Company.
Accident Insurance! Purchase! Imagine the disappointment? I thought I had accomplished a great feat. And all they wanted was for me to spend my money, what little I had, on something that would never benefit me. Accident insurance? At my age, I would more likely die of old age than an accident. If I had reached Level 5 and this is what I got, I wondered what one was entitled to at levels 1-4. What a let-down. Isn’t there anything in life that you can depend on?
I sat down to let my disappointment wane. And then I remembered. Yes! There is something! And I reached for my ever-reliable cup of The Enjoyable Grind Coffee. One sip and the sharp edges of disappointment were gone. It is good to know there is something we can really count on.