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Over 60... And Getting Younger - December 31, 2010

I’ve Learned….

At year’s end we all get introspective and philosophical!

Resolutions and persistent statements are flying all over the place and directly into our lives. Most will be forgotten and misplaced sometime in January, but their value is unmistakable.

Maya Angelou, the poet and author, was interviewed on her 70th birthday by Oprah. Her humble and honest statements registered with me, and so I pass them on to you. After all, the name of this column is “Over 60 and Getting Younger.”

-I’ve learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life goes on and it will be a better tomorrow.

-I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

-I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

-I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as “making a life.”

-I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

-I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw things back.

-I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

-I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

-I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back.

-I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

-I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Wow, what a group of ethical statements to live by!

P.S. Thank you to all my readers who e-mailed me their kind letters about my twisted knee. Sleeping has been a major problem. Walking around during the day is easy, finding a comfortable position in the night-time is difficult.

Happy New Year’s to all my friends and readers!

A new and hopefully better year is arriving!