- to share with you how I manage to live the good life
- to share a bit of the wisdom gained from many years in various leadership positions
- to express my personal political opinions
- to lighten your burdens with humor.
Monday, February 20, 2012
JUST HOW OLD IS OLD, ANYWAY? You Get To Decide, How Cool Is That?
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
IT'S SAD TO GROW OLD BUT IT'S NICE TO RIPEN - Brigette Bardot
EVERYONE IS THE AGE OF THEIR HEART - Guatemalan Proverb
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;
As young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear;
As young as your hope, as old as your despair.
General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur
I remember MacArthur well.
His picture hung in every class room in the 1940's
He commanded Allied Forces in the Pacific in WWII
His last address to West Point is an all time classic,
"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away"
THE YEARS TEACH US WHAT THE DAYS NEVER KNEW
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Priscilla Sanitago of Bridgeport, Conn. is a mother of three, grandmother of seven and great grandmother of five. I am father of three, grandfather of nine and great grandfather of six. I fully understand and agree with Mrs. Santiago when she said:
"You're never too old to live your dream"
Priscilla had every right to be aged far beyond her years. Sent from her home at age 16 because her step-father was raping her, she faced even more terror as her father continued to rape her, and her sister. Having no place to go, she was removed from school during this period of her life and was forced to work as a waitress. Eventually, she escaped back to New York and went through a series of temporary jobs before getting meaningful employment at Bayer Pharmaceuticals as a fork lift operator in Connecticut. After 18 years, she lost her job in a plant shutdown. (Been there, done that at age 50).
Instead of sitting on her hands with a "take care of me" attitude, she got her GED, with a lot of good counseling, went to college and, at the age of 63, got a two year degree, always being on the dean's list. With her degree in her hand, she was employed doing what she truly enjoyed doing, helping other traumatized people. She sought counseling for her early childhood problems and agreed when the therapist told her "that was when you were a child, you're grown now, get over it!" Her advice "You're never too old to live your dream".
Leroy "Satchel" Paige, (1906-1982), whose pitching in the Negro Baseball League made him a legend. He was the first player to be inducted from the negro league when he joined the Cleveland Indians in 1948. He was the oldest rookie to play the major league at age 42. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. What was his attitude about age?
"Age is a matter of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it don't matter"
HOW POWERFUL IS THAT?
The next time you are tempted to feel sorry for yourself because you need a cane to steady yourself as you walk, or you are made to remember that instead of being the "shaker and mover" you once were, you are now only in charge of "me, myself and I", THINK ABOUT SACHEL PAIGE AND PRISCILLA SANTIAGO. Remember "that was when you were younger, you are older now, get over it. That attitude worked for these folks. It will work for you and I.
AGE IS A DISEASE FROM WHICH WE ALL RECOVER
(I have a letter written to me from Dorothy Fulheim, a treasure)
God Bless You and Yours
GOD BLESS THE USA
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