How to stay young – one man’s view

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Betty White is a great example of the anti-aging personality.

I received a good “forwarded message” today from Larry.  It resonated with me for some reason, so against my policy, I’m reprinting portions for you – with my edits, of course.

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1.  Try everything twice. On one woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:

"Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!" (I guess I should have given Brussel sprouts another chance.)

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 the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever… Never let the brain get idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer!  (I’m enrolling tomorrow in an Eye-talian class at MSU)

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 HIM/HER. (My laughable, lovable friends: you know who you are.)

6.. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on.The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. (I happen to believe we also have the Holy Spirit with us ready and able to pull us out of a funk.  All we need to go is ask.) 

7. Surround yourself with what you love:

Whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.. Your home is your refuge. If you don’t love it, give it away.

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.

9. Don’t take guilt trips..

Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry.  Remember! Lost time can never be found.

12. Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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