My friend and I were on our way to lunch when I overheard him grumbling about something. I asked him what he said and he said, “You know you are getting old when you begin to receive mail with the word ‘Geriatrics’ plastered on the outside!”
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
Taking some time to really think about this will surely bring up other questions for you to consider.
There could be more than one answer depending whether you are feeling up or down; feeling good about yourself, etc. Your thoughts and feelings in this moment will play a big part in what your answer will be.
He suddenly turned to me and asked, “How do you stay so young looking?” I didn’t know I did – I thanked him – and he went on to say that he was much younger than I am and looked years older. (He spoke the truth!) 😉
For many years I have had this mantra, prayer – or whatever you choose to call it – that I can either speak aloud or think about anywhere I am and at any time. I really hadn’t spoken to anyone about this so I told him that this was my secret.
“Thank you, God, for a healthy body that feels good, and is good, all the time. And so it is!”
He laughed and said, “That’s your secret?”
I’ve often quoted that famous philosopher, Anonymous, who said, “What you think about, and speak about, you bring about.” I believe that to be true. There have been hundreds of examples in my life to prove it.
Okay… so this is the bottom line. It is only and always about “Attitude.” First of all, I never let age be my cage. I really don’t think about age much. I hang with younger people. I don’t have negative friends. I do things that younger people love to do. I pretty much maintain a positive attitude most of the time. I love what I do and always go the extra mile. I really love me and take care of me. I don’t feel old and as a result I believe that attitude has helped me feel young as well as helped to keep me young in spite of my actual age.
Now… how does my mantra play in all of this? It keeps me thinking right. Not sure it makes me ‘look’ younger. It keeps me aware of ‘how’ I am feeling. I don’t ask God for anything, because he has already provided all that I am and and all that I need to live a healthy and happy life. So, I am grateful and I believe that being grateful includes thanking the Source.
My friend listened and several months later, called excited to tell me about several things that had happened after he began to use my mantra… now his (and now yours). Feel free to use it. It really works and you have to believe it will work and is working.
You know you are getting old when you discover something new or a new way to look at things and you thought you knew it all. 😉
By the way, this doesn’t have anything to do with religion. It’s a ‘Spiritual’ principle and it works for anyone who will believe it and use it.
BONUS Article: Religion vs. Spirituality
Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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