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At least I tried


A man who had been a smoker all his life had been feeling poorly for a long time. When he finally went to see his doctor, he was told by the doctor that he had an advanced case of cancer and that he had only a short time left to live.

In terror at the thought of dying the man asked the doctor, “Is there nothing I can do to save myself? The doctor told him that even if he stopped smoking that day, the cancer was too advanced, and that there was no hope. In desperation the man cried out, “There must be something I can do. I’ll try anything. Cost is of no concern.” The doctor thought for a moment and finally said, “There is an experimental drug that might save you. But the cost is exorbitant and the drug is experimental and has not been fully tested. It could possibly kill you faster than the cancer will. In desperation, the man cried out, “I’ll try anything. Anything is better than just sitting here doing nothing, waiting to die.”

That night at home reading the paper, he saw the article of the latest school shooting which had left three children aged eight and nine dead, along with three adults.

“What a shame,” he thought. “Unfortunately, even if we banned the kind of assault weapons that killed these poor children, there are so many guns out there already that it wouldn’t make any difference. I guess there’s nothing that can be done.”

At that, the alarm on his watch sounded. “Oh, time to take my medicine,” he thought. “I hope it works. But even if it doesn’t, at least I tried.”

Donald Crouthamel, Sellersville

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