Thursday, December 31, 2009

End of the decade...

OK... So - most of these kinds of forwards go straight to the circular.

I found this apolitical one from my parents interesting and reassuring. Just a good note to end the first decade of the 21st century.

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them - that's why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful, positive friends. 'Nuff said.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about technology, the arts, gardening, cooking, 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. This is right in line with my "Don't Postpone Joy" philosophy.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's pets, keepsakes, friends, family, 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 park, 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 - seek and savor them.

A little schmaltzy - I know.

My decade in review follows soon. Stay tuned.