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My heart and my soul have begun to ponder the ways of life, 

And why I have been selected to live beyond life’s usual number of days. 

A higher power, perhaps? Random choice, I think. 

The care and love of a wonderful wife, I know. 

And many other things — that have played their part along life’s busy way. 

There does not seem to be, in this whole wide world, a sure and real answer to my query. Nothing you can feel or touch. 

Faith in the unseen? “Who knows?” you say. 

But I thank them one and all, from the bottom of my heart, 

For the chance to live — beyond life’s normal span of days. 

I would still like to know the reason. Maybe the answer can be found among the words of this beautiful ballad of my younger days.

“Beyond the blue horizon 

Lies a wonderful day. 

Goodbye to things that bore me, 

Life is waiting for me. 

I see the new horizon, 

My life has only begun. 

Beyond the blue horizon 

Lies the rising sun.”

Lowell Bailey

Lowell Bailey is a resident of the Beatitudes Campus in Arizona. 

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