Getting Old…

I had the most incredible conversation with my wife this morning.  (As many of you know she has terminal breast cancer.)  Unlike me…she doesn’t talk all that much…but she says a helluva’ lot when she does.

“I’ve been watching commercials on TV and they’re starting to get to me,” she said.

I tried to figure out which ones.  The over-the-top yelling ones…the overtly sexual ones…the incredibly lengthy pharmaceutical ones that list all the awful side effects as the woman on screen flashes her sh*t eating grin?  There are so many. 

“Which ones?” I asked.

“The ones for Rogaine…and Botox…and whiter teeth.  Stuff to make you look younger.”  She started to tear up a little and continued, “If it was me…I would grow old gracefully.”

“I suppose we’re all enamored with youth,” I said.

“But growing old is such a GIFT,” she replied.  “What a wonderful thing…to grow old.”

Lesson:  We’re so afraid of getting “old.”  I think we should welcome it.

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 3:34 am  Comments (9)  
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The Essence of :30 Seconds…

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”

– Sydney J. Harris

I don’t care what you’re going through right now…or what you aren’t happy about…or how bleak things appear.  Don’t waste another bit of your :30 seconds living in sadness or frustration.

Lesson:  Either accept where you are and LIVE in this moment…or change things…and LIVE in this moment. *

I know that sometimes we really can’t change a damn thing about our life situation.  (I don’t care what Tony Robbins says.)  If you can’t change things go back and read the first part of that sentence again. 

*This applies to happy people too.

Published in: on June 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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