Friday, April 2, 2010

Live Like an 80 Year Old

...or even like an eight year old. A friend sent me this story, an important lesson in life, and I thought I should share! Interesting read so here it is...

One day I had lunch with some friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate.
I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Jim added, completely unabashed.

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine.
I couldn't take my eyes off Jim as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn’t believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.

The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Jim. I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait.
I smiled. He asked if he amused me
I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said "I'm tasting all that is Possible.

I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.
I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired.."

With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!"

Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!

 So the lesson is: Enjoy and live like an 80 year old or even an eight year old!

15 Blessed Comments:

Chatty Crone April 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

It's true when you think about it - life is a circle from 8 to 80! Sandie

Kathy April 2, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

Great post!!!!
Happy Easter !
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Maureen April 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

I love these posts. Makes me glad I know you. After a lifetime thinking the other way around, it's kind of sad that we have to be reminded to live life to it's fullest. But it's never too late to 'get it'.

Mimi April 2, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Wonderful post...I think Jim is far wiser than I. I hope he enjoys life and desserts for many more years.

Patti April 2, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

You have a wonderfully wise dining companion in Jim!! If I were you I would make a once a month date with him and try to eat at all the great restaurants in your area - of course only the ones with fabulous desserts!

LV April 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM  

I am right along with your friend. At this stage in life, you make the best of each day and live it to the fullest.

Sandra April 2, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

Great story and a good thought to remember about enjoying the people and relationships around us. So many things I still want to do in this life! Thanks for stopping by my blog...see ya soon.

Carol Mae April 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

I love that story and it's so true, I think I'll have ice cream for breakfast. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You and your family have a wonderful Easter also. I'll be back often. Smiles, Carol Mae

Jodie (everything vintage) April 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

Hi Cindy!!!!
This post was so sweet! Well, to be honest, all of your posts are so sweet and uplifting, I love your that a word? ;)
I'm so happy your opened your door to me...thank you!
I'll trade you your pretty white boots in your blog header for BOTH of my new western ;)
ooo they are pretty!!!!!
Happy Easter and it was so nice meeting you. I enjoyed my visit!!!

Jodie (everything vintage) April 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

It's me again!
Isn't that funny that we were visiting each other at the SAME TIME? gotta love that!

My Grama's Soul April 3, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

What a beautiful and SPECIAL post you have posted for this wonderful weekend. Happy Easter to you dear friend.



gayle April 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

I love this!! We should all live this way!!

Laura April 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Hi Cindy-

This is just beautiful.
Thank you so much for coming by my blog.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter.


Garden Antqs Vintage April 6, 2010 at 8:59 AM  

I've heard this story before but what a great reminder that life is so short and tell those that you love that you do. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week, Theresa

LambAround April 8, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

What a great story. I'm all for any post that encourages me to eat sweets, especially with a cruise coming up :)

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