Saturday, April 23, 2005

Age is Just a Number

You are only as old as you think you are. That isn't just a feel good statement anymore, it is a scientific fact.

Many new research findings have proven that what you think about yourself, and this includes how one views old age, is a major factor in the quality of life of an individual. Thoughts are things and since what you focus on expands, it only stands to reason that how you look at growing older will effect what the Golden Age of your life will be like.

We live in a culture that worships at the idol of youth and beauty and casts aside its elderly population to nursing homes or some convalecent home in Florida or some other warm place. In essence putting them out to pasture.

Nothing could be more hurtful or damaging to someone in their later years. Every human being has an innate desire to be appreciated, needed and useful. The popular culture and media conglomerates sell youth and ignore the aged. And that is a big mistake.

Old age is a time where all your experiences and knowledge can be put to good use. In our youth-too much passion, irrational decision-making and impatience are rules of the day. With age comes wisdom, patience and poise. There is so much our seniors can offer us, we just have to take notice and listen.

Even more injurious to the elderly is when they believe that their days are numbered and their life force used up. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You are only as old as your thoughts make you. Yes the body does slow down, but that doesn't mean your mind has to. Your body is the servent of the mind. Keep the mind young and you will be young. Learn new things, try new things and set new goals for yourself.

Many great business and political leaders rose to power in their elder years. Most wealthy entrepreneurs accumulated most of their riches after the age of 60. And it's not just business, many others in the worlds of art, literature, architecture and finance have done great things while in their so-called twilight years.

Your life is what you think it and what you make it. If you are in the Golden Years, don't let them put you out to pasture. Recreate your mind and life anew and make those years really and truly golden.

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