One of the best books ever written on successful living is HOW TO LIVE 365 DAYS A YEAR. John A. Schindler wrote it. If you haven’t read it, I can certainly recommend that you do.
One of the sections of the book has to do with the later years of a person’s life, and the Doctor points out that practically every adult living today will live to be 65 and over. In 1925, there were 20 younger people for every person over 65. Today, there are only 11 younger for
Now, what about the problems of older people?
If you are now 20 to 30 years old, what are you doing about your old age? Now is the best time to start planning. If you’re 40 or 45 or into your 50’s, you cannot afford to waste time when time is so precious.
If you’re 60 or 65, there is still time to do much – you have a long time to live. Moreover, if you’re in your 70’s or 80’s, contentment, which is something inside and not outside, can still be yours for the trying.
The first thing to work on is emotional stability.
Dr. Schindler claims that 75% of the trouble with older people is that they did not develop a good emotional balance when they were younger, and it has caught up with them.
Nine times out of ten, the older man who is kind, gentle, and cheerful, developed these attitudes as a much younger person. The old lady with an acid tongue and a battle-ax approach to the daily incidents of life was that way when she was 40.
So the Doctor points out that, whether you’re 20 or 60, you can still learn kindliness, love for your fellows, cheerfulness.
Try to develop an eye for the thousands of little, enjoyable things about us that cost nothing.
We all have the same choice whether we’re 20, 40, 60, or 80. Except that at 80, we have more strongly established the habit of choosing one certain direction. Even at 80, a resolute person can change the pattern in his choice. We have the choice between reacting with patience, humility, courage, and cheerfulness or with crabbedness, grumbling, worry, and apprehension.
The choice is yours… right now.
When a person realizes that he has a conscious choice between the two ways of reacting to his world, he won’t hesitate to make the right one. If he knew the consequences of taking one path, he would not hesitate in choosing cheerfulness.
Even if you are already aged, cooperate with the inevitable and accept life gracefully. Make good and lasting friendships. Life will be as full or as empty as you make it. Try to be flexible and adaptable in your thinking. Dress neatly and keep good, clean manners. Pursue interests and stay interested in what is going on around you. Keep your disposition pleasant and cheerful. Don’t gripe! Moreover, don’t worry about dying — everyone who ever lived before you endured it.
Each one of us fashions his own life. We have, in every situation, the choice of reacting well or poorly – like a well-adjusted adult or a spoiled child. The choice is ours, and our lives will be what we, as individuals, make them. We can blame no one.