September 25, 2018
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
One of the benefits of my move to a senior living community has been my discovery of a new perspective on age. I left an environment where I was often the oldest guy around to one where I am usually the youngest. It is like I have been to the fountain of youth.
I have ate with folks a hundred and something years old who are amazing, they are quick witted, smart and have a wonderful sense of humor. One even goes for long walks outside.
I think these are the type of folks that Satchel Paige was talking about when he asked the question “How old would you be if you did not know how old you are?” I think their secret is a positive attitude, all I know is that I want to be like them when I grow up, after all I am only 83.
TIPS FOR AGING GRACEFULLY
- Do something you enjoy every day. When you immerse yourself in things you enjoy, you can’t wait to do them again. And then you do them again, and again and again, and the enjoyment continues.
- Work at friendships. Friendships are fuel, providing energy, love and feeding your emotions. You’re never too old for new friendships.
- Congratulate yourself. Everyone has accomplishments: celebrate them and use them as inspiration for new ones.
- Embrace change. Life is change. Resisting it wastes precious time and energy. Living for it can create adventures you never thought possible.
- Learn. Exercise your brain continually.
- Know yourself. You know best what you like and don’t like, and you have the power to emphasize the good.
- Make your home your special place by personalizing it and making it comfortable. Everyone needs a refuge that’s uniquely theirs.
- Be gentle with yourself. Listen to your own inner voices and senses and do what makes you feel best.
- Share happiness. Make a point to spread joy whenever possible. It feels good to make someone else feel good, and it’s very inexpensive to do.
- Take control of how you react to things. Little things can really bring you down if you let them. But you don’t have to let them.
- Surround yourself with people who lift you up rather than bring you down.
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
Little Golden Books That Never Made It:
Thank goodness they didn’t.
- You Are Different and That’s Bad
- The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables
- Dad’s New Wife Robert
- Fun Four Letter Words to Know and Share
- Hammers, Screwdrivers, and Scissors: An I-Can-Do-It Book
- The Kid’s Guide to Hitchhiking
- Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her
- Curios George and the High Voltage Fence
- The Little Sissy Who Snitched
- Some Kittens Can Fly
- That’s It, I’m Putting You Up For Adoption
- The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator
- The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy
- Strangers Have the Best Candy
- You Were An Accident
- Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
- Pop! Goes the Hamster and Other Great Microwave Games
- Your Nightmares are Real
- Eggs, Toilet Paper, and Your School
- Why Can’t Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
- Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things
- Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
“Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.”
While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”
“Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around for years!”
“Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid of the gators?”
“We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said. “The sharks got ’em all.”.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Abigail Van Buren
One morning the doorbell rang. The weather was very bad. It was raining cats and dogs. I opened the door and there stood a young girl, a Jehovah’s Witness, soaking wet. I felt sorry for her and asked her to come inside for a cup of coffee and to dry off a little. As we sat and drank our coffee, I asked her what her ‘happy message’ was. I thought perhaps we might discuss some difference of belief, but she stuttered and said. . .”Gee, I’m not sure, I never got this far.”
“For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”
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