Room for Two
By Lawrence Pang

            The Healer’s (note that my intentional use of the singular possessive emphasizes our unity) trip to Long Beach brought with it many surprises.  Due to some unforeseen difficulties, there some room shuffling, and I found myself with the unexpected honor of sharing a room with our very own, one-of-a-kind Norbert and participating in a weekend-long course on the power of positive thinking. 


            Norbert had been reading The Law of Attraction: The Basic Teachings of Abraham by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which, as far as I can tell, focuses on the ability of positive and negative thought to affect events around your desires.  Fueled by this movement, Norbert, sagely grandfather of one, was a source of positive outlook throughout the trip.  In fact, he repeated two things every night with, initially, alarming frequency: “We’re going to win,” and “You’ll understand when you get to my age.” 


            Rooming with Norbert has been quite the learning experience.  The positive results of his “good vibes” has turned me into a very curious bystander, if not a true convert.  His second mantra has made even more curious about what I have to look forward to in the years to come.  For though his assertion that I’ll understand later always came immediately after a complaint about some new ache or pain, a simple observation of Norbert leaves the onlooker with the distinct impression that man’s love for life can’t possibly be less now than what it was during his glorified youth.  Norbert’s great wisdom and gracious aging reminds me so much of a certain, small-yet-powerful fictional character, that I feel inclined to close with a slightly cheesy movie quote.  “When 900-years-old you reach, look as good you will not.”