Valentine’s Day is approaching. What better reason than to also approach the subject of love. I think Saint Valentine would be humbly flattered that his mantra has flourished into the 21st century. I think he would also be delighted to know love, in its many forms, is actually considered the ultimate emotion for which we strive to both receive and convey. Loving the fact we of senior ages should love the process of aging and love those of similar ages around us should be, in my opinion, one of the major goals to achieve as we advance annually.
There are so many "pluses" to aging, again in my opinion. Some of them include the fact we've lived enough years to amass a multitude of wisdom about how life's twists and turns have made us into stronger people, enabling us to better cope with those twists and turns because we've probably been through those times more times than we can count. "Been there, done that" is the colloquialism that enters my mind in that regard.
Wisdom from others also helps guide us in the proper emotional and mental direction when adding up how wonderful it is to have reached the senior years of our lives. Some motivational wisdom has been uttered by many we respect and admire, as follows:
- "It's never too late to be who you might have been" - Female authoress George Eliot
- "I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation." - Mike Todd (Elizabeth Taylor's favorite husband, who perished in a New Mexico plane crash and a Minneapolis native.)
- "We must be willing to let got of the life we have planned, so as to live the life that is waiting for us." - Novelist E.M. Forster
- "I never got a good job I didn't create for myself." - Actress Ruth Gordon
- "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
- "The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all." - President Harry Truman
- "You must live the life you were born to live." - Fictional Mother Superior's admonition to Maria Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music". Profound, though a quote from fiction.
- "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." - Sir Winston Churchill
- "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
- "The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing." - Samuel French
- "You never stop paying your dues." - Actor/sincere Joel Grey to me during a television interview
- "Life is being to take the bitter with the better." - J. Allen Jensen, broadcast executive
- "Follow every rainbow, 'til you find your dream" - Partial lyrics from The Sound of Music song, Climb Every Mountain
Thank you for reading and Happy Valentine's Day.