Just shortly I received one of these uplifting reminder emails everyone has probably gotten in one version or another about this time of the year. Then there is one that stands out . . it was THIS one . . God, could we all use this advice . . To some people it's just another piece of email rubbish . . to the student who is "ready" it is something he copies and slips in his briefcase to carry throughout his life as a reminder of how to keep sane in this quirky world . .
It went like this:
How to stay young:
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. Grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop. '
4. Enjoy the simple things. Worry about nothing. Pray for everything.
5. Laugh often. long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. Tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
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.
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. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take . . but by the moments that take our breath away.
Now's a good time to start!