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For all of us, there are stories of a life lived. Some we are telling, and some will remain untold. (Photo: CanvaPro)

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Now, we are mostly through 2023. We, some of us, are now long, long, after beginning to record and tell the stories we have been telling. A good number of the companions with whom we began this trail have passed on to greener pastures. Those remaining are more precious to us, bringing us new stories to share.

For myself, I can celebrate the achievements of my offspring, my near and dear, having been around to witness the cavalcade firsthand, all flags flying. A longtime investor, I can see where investments I may have made, have paid off in dividends, and where I have missed the boat and have little for which to take any credit. Some of you can make the same sort of accounting, relish it, or accept that some of it has gone terribly wrong. Thems the breaks, as they say.

For all of us, there are stories of a life lived. Some we are telling, and some will remain untold. Some elements must remain only for speculation. Will we be brave enough to enter an accounting of where our errors have borne bitter fruit?

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We began this trail along with our fellow travelers, “innocents abroad”, with no conception of where we came from, and why, and no inkling of where we were going to end up. All of us came aboard the bus of life with empty pockets and no idea that our job would, in the end, be to fill those pockets with the things we regarded as most precious.

We never realized until we were well on our way that we were, each day, expending our capital. The capital we were expending was each day of our lives. We may never have realized that we would face a day when we must face an accounting to ourselves as to how we had used that capital. Whether we like it or not, we face our own judgement of our performance, and we know where all the bodies are buried.

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Those of us nearing the end of our journey may begin to appreciate more fully what the decisions we have made during our lives have yielded. We can see what our investments, or failures to invest, have delivered in the way of results. These investments will have taken many forms, and it is only now that we, in the light of the judgements we are able to make at this stage, can see whether what we remain with is truly precious or only so much dross. The pain or pleasure from this evaluation can only be ours to inherit.

This is not yet the end of our stories, but it may be near the end of our retelling. Whether there will be other chapters to share remains yet to be seen. The blessing of heaven is that, for some of us, and in some cases, it may never be too late to alter the results before the final accounting. Isn’t that a wonderful reality?

We began with no conception of where it might end, where it might lead, but with the sad knowledge that it must inevitably end. In this, I am, like many others, nearing that end to the stories I can tell. You too, out there, must make your own judgements as to where you stand in the continuum of life. Some of us do this on a regular basis. For Jews like me, those who take these things seriously, we face the annual accounting coming up shortly that we call Yom Kippur.

My hope is that there are many out there like me who feel their stories are worth the telling. My hope is that others may have found some satisfactions and learnings in my telling of my tales.  Some of you out there may even be ready to share more of what you have learned.  Have you made many better investments than poorer ones? Surely you have some to be proud of.

Join me in the story-telling circle.  It’s good for the soul!

Max Roytenberg is an author, poet and blogger, with many published articles in Jewish periodicals in Dublin, New York, Winnipeg and Vancouver. After a career as an Economist and Executive in the Food Industry, in Canada and abroad, he writes, and lives with his Bride, in Vancouver. He has children and grandchildren in the US, Canada, China and Israel. His last book, “Hero In My Own Eyes”, is available through major booksellers and on Amazon.

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