Monday, April 16, 2012


Let's not deceive ourselves. None of us are getting any younger. At best, some of us have managed to slow down the ageing process through healthy living. The worst thing we can do is to mark each birthday with a sense of gloom and depression. Isn't it better to count our blessings than count the number of years left of our life span?

Some of you are probably muttering "What blessings? I am retired and without an income. My savings are running out. I still have children in college and elderly parents to support. I have loans to pay off. I am a physical and mental wreck. My doctor tells me I have diabetes and high blood pressure. I have aches and pain all over. AND YOU TELL ME TO COUNT MY BLESSINGS???"

Okay, maybe life isn't coming up roses for some of us, but what good does counting all our misfortunes do for us? It only makes us feel even more aggrieved with our lot. We will only succeed in sinking deeper into self-pity. If we are unhappy with our current circumstances, we should do something about it. Whining never gets anyone anywhere. 

If we make the effort, we can always find something to cheer us up, something that we can be grateful for. Look at it this way. Isn't it a great feeling to be able to wake up in the morning? Shouldn't we be thankful that we can breathe on our own? Aren't we glad we have a roof over our head? And best of all, isn't it wonderful to know that we are not alone, that we have family and friends who love us?

Maybe some of us are single, divorced or widowed, and live alone. Go out and start making friends. Join a club, volunteer for a good cause. The world does not revolve around us, or owe us a living. We have to make the first move, take the first step. If we want to change our life, we have to start from within - change our mindset, our attitude. Become a new ME, a new YOU.

Know why young people view older folks as grouchy, long-winded, and cranky? Because most of us are exactly that. It's time for an image makeover, and it begins with us wanting to make that change, and then doing whatever it takes to set the wheels of change in motion.

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