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We're talking about your spirit here!
It's a cumulative affect -- how we think, live, feel and believe are testament to how gracefully we age. That said:
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening...whatever you choose. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop"...and the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. (This oxygenates your cells to restore and rejuvenate.)
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are still alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love -- family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, etc. Your home is your refuge and sanctuary.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, ask for help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. At every opportunity, tell the people you love, that you love them.
You've heard it before and we'll say it again:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Enjoy a peaceful day.
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