You’ve heard the latest: The more coffee you drink, the longer you’ll live. But we need not so much to add years to our lives as we need to add life to our years. What good is it to live to 100 if we’re not enjoying the journey? Here are my thoughts on how to add life to your years:
1. Live in the moment. As they say, yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery but today is a gift; that’s why they call it "present." Too often we can’t wait for a concert or a family visit or a birthday party. But if we’re always looking ahead, we miss the beauty around us. Savor the glimpse of a flower, the song of a bird, the satisfaction of work. Take a deep breath and look around--now. Enjoy your setting, wherever it may be.
2. Let the past be past. Sure, we’ve all had our share of hurts and sorrows, and healing takes time. But forget the grudges. Forget the unfairness. Forgive the offenders. Restored relationships trump past injustices, so reach out to someone with whom you’ve differed. Life is too short to short-circuit relationships among family and friends. Chances are you too have hurt someone along life’s way. I know I have.
3. Listen to your body. Are you stressed? Are you tired? How might you better cope with daily routines? Could family members do more? Could you schedule time for yourself? You are no good to others if you don’t care for yourself. If you need more sleep, plan for it. If you need help, ask for it.
4. Learn something. We are never so old we can’t learn something new. I just signed up to learn through a group called WordGirls. I bought my husband golf lessons for Father’s Day. What would you like to learn? Cooking? Knitting? Finishing furniture? Whatever it is, you can find a YouTube video (or better yet, a friend) to show you how.
5. Laugh. I read the comics every day (LOVE “Pickles”), and I love the humor in Readers Digest. Some people always make me laugh; I enjoy being around them. Laughing is good for us, so don’t take yourself so seriously. God has a sense of humor. Look at the penguin!
6. Look forward to life eternal. The fact is, we will not live forever—no matter how many cups of coffee we drink. Be prepared to meet God. Be sure you understand that Jesus died so that you may live. Be sure to begin your life with Him today so that when you die you step right into that eternal tomorrow.
“To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
Hope I’ve given you some ideas about adding life to your years. Bill recently came across an old phonograph in our basement. He set it up in our dining room, dug a pile of records off the attic and now, instead of flicking the remote, we spend an hour or two an evening listening to the oldies but goodies while we play Rummikub or Sequence. Works for us. What might help you enjoy the journey with your loved ones? Click on the link and leave a comment to share an idea about something you do or plan to do.
Have a blessed August!
August 20, 10:30 a.m. – Friends of the Heart at The Glen with Lykens United Methodist Church, “At Any Age, At Any Stage: Celebrating the Christian Life.”