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    Senior Member Uncle Fester's Avatar
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    It Is All In The Mind

    George Carlin's View on Aging

    Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

    "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

    You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

    "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

    But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

    You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50

    And your dreams are gone.

    But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

    So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

    You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

    You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90's, you start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

    Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

    May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


    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. 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.

    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 alive.

    7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

    8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

    9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

    10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that
    take our breath away.
    Have a Nice Day

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    Nasty, just wanted to make me cry with "the moments that take our breath away.

    Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
    .................Charles Mingus

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    Reflection of You.

    "A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
    Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
    To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain:
    Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
    He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
    And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
    The voice answers: "I admire you!"
    Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
    He receives the answer: "Coward!"
    He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
    The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
    Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
    The voice answers: "You are a champion!"
    The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
    Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.
    It gives you back everything you say or do.
    Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
    If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
    If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
    This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
    Life will give you back everything you have given to it."

    Author Unknown

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    How Do You Live Your Dash?

    The Dash

    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone
    From the the end.

    He noted that first came her date of birth
    And spoke the following date with tears,
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years.
    (1934 -1998)

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth...
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own;
    The cars...the house...the cash,
    What matters is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard...
    Are there things you'd like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left,
    That can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what's true and real,
    And always try to understand
    The way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger,
    And show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we've never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect,
    And more often wear a smile..
    Remembering that this special dash
    Might only last a little while.

    So, when your eulogy's being read
    With your life's actions to rehash...
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?

    © 1998 Linda Ellis

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    Spend Your Marbles Wisely.

    The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

    A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:
    I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio In order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice.

    You know, the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles."

    I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.
    "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job.
    I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much.
    Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital." He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."
    "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years."
    "Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.
    Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part."

    "It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays.
    I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a Thousand of them left to enjoy "So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away."

    "I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

    "Now let me tell you one last thing before I signoff with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."
    "It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 75 year Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

    You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off.
    I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the Antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on The next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with A kiss.
    "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."
    "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.
    "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out?
    I need to buy some marbles."

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