In two days I would be thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me.
My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Saul at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape. As I greeted Saul on this particular day, he noticed I wasn't full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Saul age, so I asked him, "What was the best time of your life?"
Without hesitation, Saul replied, "Well, son, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question: "When I was a child in Europe and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life. When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life."
"When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life."
"When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life."
"The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America, that was the best time of my life."
"When we came to the US and started a family, that was the best time of my life."
"When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life."
"And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met, and I have wonderful healthy grandchildren.
This is the best time of my life."
4 years ago