Please find below some interesting tips on ‘how to stay young.’ There is a catch though… young does not necessarily mean young in biological years!
Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them… that is why we pay them…
Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening whatever… never let the brain be idle… an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
Enjoy the simple things. Laugh often… long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
The tears happen. Endure, grieve and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves (and God). Be alive while you are alive.
Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever… your home is your refuge.
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.
Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next country, to a foreign country, but not to where the guilt is.
Tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity. And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. We all need to live life to its fullest each day. Worry about nothing, pray about everything.
I recommend tip No. 10, especially its last sentence, as the perfect practice for Lent. Enjoy the week before you.
-------Father Joe SDB