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I wouldn't be the rich man, who buys everything he wants, though I could have a mansion, a luxury car, and many other things I'll never own.

For if I were that
rich man, I wouldn't be my father's son, and think what I'd give up: a model for goodness, a shelter from storm, a man who would give me all he had if only I asked.  I'd have to give up a wealth of knowledge about living well and being a good man, and that would be too much to lose.
I wouldn't be the famous man who has the adulation of millions, though I would be adored and applauded wherever I might go.

For if I were that
famous man, I wouldn't be my mother's son, and think what I'd give up:  the undying support of a selfless woman who gives me love that is pure and unconditional, not for what I accomplish, but for me just being me.  I'd have to give up a love and devotion that has no match, that makes me feel special wherever I may be, and that would be too much to lose.


I wouldn't be the powerful man, who goes where he pleases and runs his world, though I would stand apart from others and have influence on their lives.

For if I were that
powerful man, I wouldn't be my brother's brother, and think what I'd give up:  the friend God chose for me to learn from - through fighting, playing, competing, and loving.  I'd have to give up a sense of connectedness and belonging that empowers me with the knowing that I am never alone, and that would be too much to lose.


I wouldn't be the strong man, whose health and physique I admire, though I would feel better and look younger. 

For if I were that
strong man, I wouldn't be the friend of my friends and think what I'd give up:  the caring and sharing of many good people who have invited me into their hearts and prayers.  I'd have to give up the strength and hope which they inspire when they reach out to me during the hard times, and that would be too much to lose.


No, I am not rich, or famous, or powerful, and I'm not even healthy and strong; but I am so sweetly loved by an incredible family, so beautifully blessed with good, good friends.  And I would never trade my life for any other, no matter what I might gain, for I would lose that which I cherish most - the people who love me as I am.


David L. Weatherford
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