Most seniors never get enough exercise.
In his wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things, thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.
Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose co-ordination so they would drop things, requiring them to bend, reach, and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.
Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature, requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.
So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.
Over the past two weeks several events have occurred which underscore the importance that each person, at the earliest age, dedicate themselves to finding their meaning in life.
The first event was the news that a home, near where I lived, had blown up as a result of a short in the electrical system of a living room recliner chair. One person was seriously injured and one person killed. My empathy went out to those affected and I continued on my journey of life.
A week later I received an email from my friend and internationally respected Rabbi Ed Feinstein, informing me that his Father Burt, a dynamic brilliant retired baker and long time friend of mine was in a rehab facility near my home and would appreciate having visitors. I was stunned to learn that it was Burt’s home that had blown up and that he was seriously injured and his lovely care-giver was killed.
I immediately made arrangements to visit him and I was pleased to see him making a good recovery and in a very contemplative mood. He said that even though he was 90 years of age he had much to offer society and he suggested that it was most difficult for a person who retires to live a happy life free from the fear that as they get older they are moving toward death. In my daily activities which include visiting seniors in different homes for the aged as well in the community, I hear this all of the time. If you read on I will provide the answer to that question.
The second incident was the horrible event which took so many lives, of all ages-young and senior-in Las Vegas, a city in which I lived for 21 years.
Each of these events demonstrate why it is important to understand that, from the day we are born until the journey ends-and it can happen days, weeks, months, or years after our birth, that we live our lives not in fear of death but in anticipation of a happy tomorrow: finding time each day for expressing our love for our family and friends, time to help others less fortunate than ourselves and time for pursuing our goals.
What this means is that we should plan our lives by working smart and not hard and as we get older we need to be certain to share our knowledge with those who follow us. Burt asked me what I meant by that last comment as he is confined to a wheel chair as a result of a stroke he suffered some years ago.
I suggested he get a tape recorder and spend his day talking into it sharing his life’s experiences so that when his time comes, his wisdom would be available to others.
And to those who are still active in their late years, I suggest doing volunteer work with youngsters in public schools and reaching out to help those with disabilities and other physical or mental conditions.
Living a full and meaningful life from our earliest days and finding ways to deal with the many forks in the road, enables us to be good and valuable human beings when our days are completed â€” no matter when that is.
When someone tells me they fear death, I say know what you are saying is that you fear life and you need to learn how to live it!!!!!!
Have a Day of Joy
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