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Ten Commandements for Senior Citizens

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm
I found this article in a local weekly. Thought of sharing with everyone.

Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material things.

Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it during the few healthy years you have been left. Travel if you can afford it. Don’t leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.

Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle.

Enjoy your grandchildren ( if blessed with any ), but don’t be their full time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don’t have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone’s kids, including your own grand kids. Your parental obligation is to your children. After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of child rearing or baby sitting are finished.

Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the ageing process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow.

Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you don’t have something, it is probably too late.

Enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren and friends. People who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.

Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.

Befriend death. It’s a natural part of the life cycle. Don’t be afraid of it. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life with the Almighty.

Be at peace with your “Creator”. For the “Creator” is all you have after you leave this life.
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