Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Getting Older

Getting Older

beech leaves autumn

"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
Isaiah 46:4


"Now that I am galloping toward the twilight, I'm trying to pay more attention to these excellent precepts for old age given us by Dr. Frank Crane:

  1. I will not try to act nor dress nor talk so as to make people think I am younger than I am.
  2. I will not pretend to be young, nor be angry when called old, nor ashamed of my age.
  3. I will not complain of being old.
  4. I will not continually remind people of my old age to secure their sympathy, or to hear them say I am not so old after all or do not seem so.
  5. I will not form the habit of indulging in reminiscences.
  6. I will be particularly careful not to repeat the same anecdote over and over.
  7. I will not complain of the present and claim the past was much better.
  8. If I am deaf, weak-eyed, lame, or otherwise afflicted, I will not advertise my infirmities, but avoid obtruding them upon the notice of others as much as possible.
  9. I will not talk of myself, my work, my achievements, even of my mistakes, any more than necessary.
  10. I will speak cheerfully or keep still.
  11. I will never indulge in cynicism, never sneer at youth and will always try to appreciate what younger folks do.
  12. I shall concede my life's triumph to be growing triumphantly, victoriously old.
  13. In a word, I shall try to adjust myself to old age, as well as to all other facts of life.

Pat Nordman

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