Monday, February 27, 2012

Stay Young

In a conversation the other day, the topic of "feeling old" came up.  My friends and I joked about how the weather makes our bones ache and how these same bones can feel the rain coming a mile away. Then I happened to receive a newsletter from Girlfriends in God that pretty much reflected how our fun discussion had gone but it put many things into perspective.  Instead of zeroing on what makes us feel old, we should be looking towards things that make us feel young!  

I took the list below from the Girlfriends newsletter on how to stay young and you know, aside from really loving the first item on that list, the second one I've already put into place circa January 1st 2012.  When I continued down the list I found myself smiling from ear to ear like I had a coat hanger in my mouth!  Seriously, this is the list to go by!!  If you haven't signed up to receive the Girlfriends In God newsletter, click on the link to their page and do so.  You won't regret it!  (and they don't spam you either!!!)

How to Stay Young (taken from Girlfriends In God newsletter)

1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.

4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or 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. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country - but not guilt.

10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.

11. Don't worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.

12. Read more and dust less.

13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.

14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.

15. Do not "save" anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.

16. Wear your best outfit to the market.

17. Don't save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.

18. "Someday" and "one of these days" should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.


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