From Facebook a fun story.

          Four older gentlemen go to lunch. The first three order healthy items like a tuna sandwich, a salad without croutons and a bowl of soup but Jim, age 85 ordered cherry pie ala mode and without hesitation added two scoops of ice cream.

          A week later they were together again and Jim ordered a chocolate parfait. The others finally had to ask, “what gives Jim?”

          His response was something like: “I’ve never been this old before, so, I’ve decided while I am still here it’s time to try all those things that, for years, I’ve been ignoring.”

          He added: I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet, there are trout streams to fish, golf courses to play, kites to fly and jokes to laugh at. I’ve missed lots of sporting events and too many potato chips and cokes. I want to spread peanut butter on my toast every morning. Life is too short. It’s time to do whatever your heart desires!

          The other three in their group changed their orders and added whip cream!

          That reminded me of a conversation with my dad when he was 88. He ordered a meal and ask for it to be salt free. I inquired as to why at his age he was depriving himself of real salt? He informed me that all but one of his uncles had died of heart disease. To which I pointed out they were all in their late 70’s or 80’s and had to die from something!

          This brings me to another Facebook post this offered by my friend Wes Jones. These help pull this message together. It’s titled “Important Facts to Remember as You Get Older.”

  • Death is the number one killer in the world.
  • Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  • Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
  • In the 60’s people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
  • And finally: Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last that long.

­­­­I’m Steve Sauder

 

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