Saturday, January 14, 2012

If you are 60 and above, a must read

Life can begin at 60, it is all in your  hands!     
Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60  years of age, owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions.
But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic  principles of life and follow them scrupulously.
Here are ten mantras to  age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.
1. Never say I am aged' : There are three  ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is  calculated based on our date of birth;
the second is determined by the  health conditions; the third is how old we feel we are. While we don't  have control over the first, we can take care of our
health with good  diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and  optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.
2. Health is wealth: If you really love  your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them.
Have an annual health check-up and  take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance  coverage.
3. Money is important: Money is essential  for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning  family respect and security.
Don't spend beyond your means even for your  children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse.
If your children are grateful and they  take care of you, you are blessed. But, never take it for granted.
4. Relaxation and recreation: The most  relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter.
Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love  good music and see the funny side of life.
5. Time is precious: It is almost like  holding a horses' reins. When they are in your hands, you can control  them. Imagine that every day you are born again.
Yesterday is a cancelled  cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash - use it  profitably. Live this moment; live it fully, now, in the present  time.
6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of  change is to join in the dance.
Change has brought about many pleasant  things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.
7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are  basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return.
We  should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus  should be on the internal satisfaction and the happiness we derive by  doing good for others,
without expecting anything in return. Perform a  random act of kindness daily.  
8. Forget and forgive: Don't be bothered  too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our  other cheek when we are slapped in one.
But for the sake of our own health  and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only  increasing our blood pressure.
9. Everything has a purpose: Take life as  it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and is right in his own way.
10. Overcome the fear of death: We all  know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of  death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand  our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be  depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will go on.

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