Today is Thanksgiving in America, our neighbours to the south. And on behalf of many, many of your allies around the world, welcome back! We are thankful to know that America is now getting ready to rejoin the world in trying to make it a better place for everyone. We’ve missed you.
Another thing that I’m thankful for, since it’s always good to give thanks for things regardless of whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, are all my Facebook and other social media friends who post things that make me think – or laugh. Or, even better, both think and laugh. Let me share two recent examples.
First of all, a Facebook friend posted an important reminder of how important it is for us to be our own cheerleaders (thank you, James). To give ourselves courage and confidence to face our greatest challenges, to pick ourselves up when we are down. Certainly, this has been a year with more than enough challenges for everyone. So read these words of wisdom and let them sink in. And then feel good about how well you are doing.
Another friend sent around a different kind of advice – or commandments – for living, this collection specifically for seniors. Gasp, that’s me! There are a number of commandments for seniors to be found on the Internet that are pretty serious, including one Ten Commandments for Seniors that provides advice such as taking care of your health, spending your money while you still have your health (and the heck with your kids!), taking up new hobbies, and so on.
Another Ten Commandments for Seniors starts with:
- Let’s face it and accept it. We are getting old; we should accept its consequences and limitations.
And ends with:
- Befriend death; it’s part of life.
It then adds a tagline exhorting us seniors to ‘Let’s be happy and enjoy life to the fullest!’ Hmm, I was happy and enjoying life until I read those ten commandments!
I much prefer this one; it was new to me (thanks, Marilyn) although fairly pervasive on the Internet.
TWELVE COMMANDMENTS FOR SENIORS
1 – Talk to yourself. There are times you need expert advice.
2 – “In Style” are the clothes that still fit.
3 – You don’t need anger management. You need people to stop annoying you.
4 – Your people skills are just fine. It’s your tolerance for idiots that needs work.
5 – The biggest lie you tell yourself is, “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.”
6 – “On time” is when you get there.
7 – Even duct tape can’t fix stupid – but it sure does muffle the sound.
8 – It would be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free … and three sizes smaller?
9 – Lately, you’ve noticed people your age are so much older than you.
10 – Growing old should have taken longer.
11 – Aging has slowed you down, but certainly hasn’t stopped you.
12 – You still haven’t learned to act your age and hopefully you never will.
And one more:
“One for the road” means peeing before you leave the house.
Keep the wisdom and humour – and both together – coming, social media friends. We need all we can get!
And, Happy Thanksgiving, America!