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Is it really that important?

I was walking along a country lane near my home recently, mulling over all the things I had to do that day when in the distance, I saw an elderly man rummaging through his refuse bin. As I contined to agonise over the business of life, finances, career, children and schooling—all the issues that can consume and overwhelm, my dog dashed ahead and gave her customary golden retriever greeting. There was no avoiding this encounter; the apparently important tasks would simply have to wait. As I paid more attention to the elderly man, I could see he was looking for a lost piece of paper—clearly something he had thrown in the recycle bin in error. He appeared to be taking his time and was still dressed in pyjamas—rumpled striped pants up to his ankles, faded dressing gown and comfortable old slippers  – long, silvery hair giving him a slightly eccentric stance. In spite of his early morning attire, he greeted me graciously and appeared to have all the time in the world to chat. I thought how wonderful it was …