As a lifelong student, I think it’s important to always make oneself available for new learning opportunities. Since I retired, I’ve had a number of experiences — new, old, positive, not so good — and learned from all of them. Over the past few weeks, however, I have had a life experience that has been completely unique, and one I hope never to repeat. Fevers. Hallucinations. The dreaded hospital bed. Ventilator. Daily shots to the stomach. Other things unfit for sharing in a community newspaper.
But the details of my brush with death are not where I want to go with this article. What I do want to do is spend a few moments discussing what I’ve learned and what has been reinforced by my experience. The three topics are not new but, at least to me, the perspectives are refreshed and enhanced.