TO STAY YOUNG, HAPPY AND HEALTHY
By: Richard M. Stein
Throw out nonessential numbers.
This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctor worry about them.
That is why you pay him/her.
Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.
If you really need a grouch, there are probably
a few dozen of your relatives to do the job.
Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening ...whatever.
Just never let the brain idle.
Enjoy the simple things.
When the children are young... that is all that you can afford.
When they are in college... that is all that you can afford.
When they are grown and you are on retirement...
that is all that you can afford!
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.
The tears happen.
Endure, grieve, and move on.
The only person who is with us our entire life is ... ourselves.
Surround yourself with what you love,
whether it is 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.
Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country...
but not guilt.
Tell the people you love, that you love them ...
at every opportunity.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away
As you journey through life,
choose your destinations well,
but do not hurry there.
You will arrive soon enough.
Wander the back roads and forgotten paths,
keeping your destination in your heart,
like the fixed point of a compass.
Seek out new voices, strange sights,
and ideas foreign to your own.
Such things are
riches for the soul.
And if, upon arrival,
you find that you destination
is not exactly as you had dreamed,
do not be disappointed.
Think of all you would have missed
but for the journey there.
And know that the true worth
of your travels lies not in where
you come to be at the journeys end,
but in who you come to be
along the way.
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Love your enemies,
It will ruin his reputation.
A small boy
Looked at a star
And began to weep.
The star said
Why are you weeping?
The Boy said
You are so far away
I will never be able
To touch you
The star answered
If I were not already
In your heart
You would not be able
To see me.
A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, page 226