September 10, 2019
A long life is a life well spent.
Leonardo da Vinci
I have a number of fellow residents who more than one hundred years old. They are inspiring as I see them continue to lead active lives. One of our neighbors even celebrated her 103rd birthday by going on a cruise.
Here those of us in our eighties are considered the young ones. And you know what? They are the role models for how to age successfully. More than that I enjoy their company as they often share what life was like decades ago.
I recently received an article written by Betsy Mikel that I found to be inspirational. In it she shared the suggestions of an amazing 103-year-old on how we can enjoy our lives. Not all of us will live to be 103 but her message offers us what we can do to enjoy the years we have left. I have edited the article for space below retaining her tips.
A 103-Year-Old Runner Shares Her Best Advice for Living a Long, Happy Life
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins didn’t start running until a few years ago — when she was 100 years old. She broke a record at age 101, clocking the 100-meter dash in 39.62 seconds.
Now 103, Hawkins recently ran the 100-meter dash again in the National Senior Games.
- Look for and savor magic moments – Hawkins says she keeps her eyes open for those stop-and-smell-the-roses moments. “Think of the things that are magic moments that happen to you, like sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music, and people’s lovely comments to you,”
- Keep your friendships strong – Science regularly proves that having a strong social network is important to your overall well-being.
- Keep moving – “Keep yourself in good shape if you can,”
- Find your passions – “Keep interested in a lot of things to keep you busy and keep your mind busy,”
It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.
Bryant H. McGill
A grandma and grandpa were busy telling their little granddaughter what their own childhood was like: “I used to ice skate outside on a pond during the winter,” Grandpa said.
“I had a swing made from a tire,” Grandma added. “It hung from a tree in our front yard.”
“I rode our pony bareback,” Grandpa said.
“My brothers and sisters and I used to pick wild raspberries in in the woods,” Grandma said. “We would eat them right off the bush, staining our mouth and fingers in the process.”
The little granddaughter was wide-eyed, taking all this in. At last she said, “Wow…..I sure wish I’d gotten to know you two sooner!”
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
Little Johnny and Little Mary were talking one day. Little Mary asked “what is the highest number you have ever counted up?” “I counted up to 1,279 once” Johnny answered. “WoW!
Really? Why did you stop at 1,279?”
Mary asked. “Because church was over.”
“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.”
George Bernard Shaw
A cantor, the man who sings the prayers at a synagogue, brags before his congregation in a booming, bellowing voice: “Two years ago I insured my voice with Lloyds of London for $750,000.”
There is a hushed and awed silence in the crowded room. Suddenly, from the back of the room, the quiet, nasal voice of an elderly woman is heard, “So what did you do with the money?”
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
A devoutly Christian couple felt it important to own an equally Christian pet. So, after careful inquiry, they went shopping at a kennel specializing in Christian dogs. They found a dog they liked quite a lot. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash. When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied eagerly, using his paws with dexterity. They were impressed; they immediately purchased the animal, and went home (piously of course).
That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new Christian dog and his religious skills, they called the dog and began showing him off. The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well. This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn’t thought about “normal” tricks.
“Well,” they said, “let’s find out.” Once more they called the dog, and they clearly pronounced the command, “Heel!” Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up, put his paw on the guest’s forehead, closed his eyes, and began to pray.
He’s so dumb, if he saw a sign that said “wet floor” he probably would.
An expectant mother was being rushed to the hospital, but didn’t quite make it. She gave birth to her baby on the hospital lawn.
Later, the father received a bill, listing “Delivery Room Fee: $500.”
He wrote the hospital and reminded them the baby was born on the front lawn. A week passed, and a corrected bill arrived: “Greens Fee: $200.”
Clock: A small mechanical device to wake up people without children.
On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules:
“The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students.
Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.”
He continued, “Anybody caught breaking this rule a second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $180. Are there any questions?”
At this point, a male student in the crowd inquired, “How much for a season pass?”
There’s a long life ahead of you and it’s going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.
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