Is This a Christmas Present or What?

One great blessing of Christmas is presents. Of course, at my age, I am not too interested in what I am getting but rather what I am giving.

I cannot think of one thing I really would want. I got everything I need even though some of it may be old and outdated. As long as it works, I’m happy with that.

Therefore, it is not what I am receiving that is important to me. I love to see the smile on the grandchildren’s face as they open up a present. I am just as delighted as they are opening their gifts because I did not buy it. I paid for it, but it is the job of the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage to do all of the shopping, gift buying, wrapping, and everything that goes with it.

If it were up to me, nothing would really get done, which would be sad.

As I say, I am not looking for much for Christmas this year, just to enjoy the family and celebration.

Then something happened this past week that changed that attitude of mine.

In the mailbox this week, I received a letter from the state traffic department. I was a little nervous opening it because I’ve never received such a letter before. Why were they sending me a letter? What kind of trouble am I in?

When I opened it, I noticed it was a traffic violation notice. Upon further notice, I saw it was not for me. Can you guess who this traffic violation was for? Two guesses, and it’s not me.

I’m not too much into dancing, but I must admit, I did a little happy dance as I read this letter.

Accordingly, my wife had a traffic violation, and a camera recorded it.

Looking at the picture, it did not look anything like my wife. The whole picture was blacked out so you could not see anything. Oh well, it did have her name on it, what more do I need?

Walking into the house, I was cheerfully whistling and maybe some dancing.

“What are you so happy about?”

Looking at my wife, I said, “I’m sorry. What did you say?” I heard her, but I wanted to hear her repeat it.

“You heard me. What are you so happy about?”

I was going to ask her to repeat it, but I thought otherwise.

Handing her the letter, I said with the biggest grin on my face I have ever had, “You have a traffic violation ticket.”

There are times in life to celebrate, and, as far as I was concerned, this was one of those times. I do not very often if ever, get one over on the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. This was the first time, and I did not quite know how to handle myself. How much happiness is too much happiness?

“This cannot be my ticket,” she said with a very disgusting growl.

“I think it is. It has your name and your license plate number on it. Who else’s is it?”

She went outside to her van and checked the license plate number. It was not the right number.

“It is not the right license plate number, so it cannot be mine.”

At this point, my happiness peaked. I was not expecting something like this. I was expecting a traffic violation. The total was $2.35. It did not seem like much, but there it was. I would be able to enjoy this moment for the rest of my life. Oh, how sweet life can be, especially at Christmas.

She handed the letter back to me and said, “Look, this violation was last week in Miami. I was not in Miami last week. This cannot be right.”

My happiness was on a downward spiral. I looked the letter over several times only to discover she was right. She is always right, and here was new proof. I advised her to take it over to the sheriff department and see what they think.

It was not long before she came back and into the house happily whistling but no dancing.

“What are you so happy about?”

She looked at me with a smile and a Merry Christmas twinkle in her eye and said, “The sheriff department told me this was a fraud. It is not my ticket. They advised me to destroy it and forget about it.”

Looking at me smiling, she said, “Aren’t you happy for me?”

All I could do was look back, smile, and say, “Yes, dear.”

Of all the tickets I have received, I could enjoy one for my wife.

It was not a very serious issue, but I could have gotten a lot of mileage from this. Now it is gone. Just when you think you got something, it turns out to be nothing.

I am glad that the ticket was a fraud. I was thinking of what the apostle Paul said. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

It is that time of the year when we think about all the things to be thankful. I am not sure how many blessings I have because some of the more important ones are ones I do not see. If I rest in God, he will take care of all the blessings I need in life.

Be Conscious in the Present Moment

The more conscious you are in the present moment, the better you will be at making the right choices. When you are truly present, you will sense and feel what is right for you right now. Life is one long ‘now’, so it makes perfect sense to direct all one’s energy into the present moment. Many people have their focus placed way too far out into the future. Of course, it is necessary to look into the future now and then, just as long as it doesn’t become a habitual state of mind. Personally, I have set myself 4-5 goals, wishes or aims for the future, but I am very conscious about working on these goals in the present moment. I enjoy thinking about these goals a couple of times during the day, and I think about the pleasure I experience by just being on my way towards them and sense the energy that they will bring me. When I feel the energy these accomplished aims will bring me, the joy of the journey is doubled. I also attract these dreams more quickly when I understand how important it is to feel the energy and joy that lies inherent within them.

The less conscious you are in the moment the more you will make “wrong” choices. If you are not directing your attention to the moment then you won’t be aware of your feelings here and now. A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, and each step has a particular meaning for you. With each step along the way, you will learn about, feel and notice the nature of your life, building your identity and life experiences upon this. If you consider your steps insignificant, then your life will be insignificant.

If you make wrong choices, you will find yourself out on one of life’s small detours. Perhaps no choice is really wrong, for even a wrong choice will serve the important purpose of showing you what you don’t want in your life. Some people choose to make many, many small detours. They walk on and on until it hurts so much, they just have to turn around. Others live their entire lives in pain – oblivious to the possibility of making new choices. In their minds there exists only one possibility, only one choice. The good news is, that you will be offered thousands of chances in this life. In the arising of every new moment, you have the possibility to choose something new. If you experience, time after time, that your life has gone off course, then it is time to stop and reflect on what you can do differently in this very moment.

Aging Population Driving U.S. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Procedures Market Growth

This growth is driven by the rising incidence of BPH and technological enhancements in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The disease, wherein the prostate gland becomes enlarged, is common among aging men. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, and as the prostate enlarges, it can partly block or squeeze the urethra, thus causing trouble while urinating.

Thus, a key factor propelling the market growth is the booming aging population in the country. Men aged 50 years and above are more susceptible to the disease and, therefore, opt for various BPH treatment procedures. As per the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the population of people aged 60 and above in the nation rose from 50.7 million to 68.7 million during 2006–2016. Moreover, the favorable reimbursement scenario for BPH procedures is expected to generate lucrative market opportunities in the coming years.

The type segment of the U.S. benign prostatic hyperplasia procedures market is classified into laser-based procedure, surgical procedure, UroLift, and other energy-based procedure. Amongst these, the laser-based procedure category accounted for the largest market share in 2016, as these procedures are more effective than other procedures and less likely to cause complications. The UroLift category will exhibit the fastest growth throughout the forecast period, on account of the low cost of the procedure, booming geriatric population, and expanding insurance coverage for the procedure by numerous insurers.

These companies are also focusing on acquiring other players to provide innovative equipment for BPH treatment procedures and, in turn, widen their customer base in the U.S. For example, in September 2017, Teleflex Incorporated announced its acquisition agreement with NeoTract Inc. to leverage the potential long-term advantages from the second-generation UroLift system of NeoTract Inc. The widening product portfolio of these companies is, therefore, facilitating the U.S. benign prostatic hyperplasia procedures market growth.

Thus, the growing population of the elderly and surging availability of advanced BPH treatment products in the U.S. is expected to fuel the market growth in the coming years.