Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How To Stay Young

This doesn't happen very often...but I am at a loss for words. Really. I know...you can't believe it. But, since I have nothing profound to say, I thought I would share this wonderful advice on how to stay young.
1. Try everything twice. On Madam's (of Whelan's and Madam) tombstone she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down (keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches).
3. Keep learning: Learn more about computers, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with that person.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with you your entire life is you. Lost time can never be found. LIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. If it is beyond help, accept it.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, or a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity. I love you, my special friends.
11. Forgive now, those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.
12. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

3 comments:

Pam said...

I'm having a grouchy day s forgive me for being that person today! Some of these brought tears to my eyes today...it's been a rough day. Tomorrow will be better hopefully. Thanks for sharing these

Crys said...

Great List! My favorite is number 12. The last several months have really helped me be aware of this more. Also, 10 years working in retail and you come to realize how many people seem to have forgotten this. I always felt so bad for Shane while I was in Denver. He was dealing with so much being away from us and having Noah be so sick yet he had to be at work. Then someone would come in to his store and take their petty frustrations out on him. I understand that they didn't know... but that's even more of a reason to treat everyone you meet with more kindness and respect than you think they deserve.

mickey said...

that was beautiful. did you write it all on your own, because i'd like permission to copy it and send it to others. i loved it. thank you leeann. i want to stay young like my "young" friend.