Change Up?
Off the Wall, December 27 , 2017

Did you ever think it would come – 2018? It’s just a matter of days away, isn’t it? Have you made them – you know, those New Year’s Resolutions? Are you making a list and checking it twice? You know that also applies to 2018’s behavioral patterns.

What’s first on your list – weight loss program? You know there are several plans around that work, but they do take discipline. Is that in the cards? I dove into one plan and did lose a substantial amount of weight. Of course, it takes just as much of fortitude to keep it off which, of course, comes harder than the original plan.

In keeping with the thoughts of changing up for the New Year, I was listening to Dr. Charles Stanley on Cornerstone Television one evening when he happened to mention a number of ways that fit right in to this column today. He recommended the following as “Ways to Stay Young,” and I really think that is what we are all striving for when another year rolls around.

So without a further ado, I thought I’d expound upon the various subjects the TV evangelist highlighted in his discussion.

  • Remain useful. Just because one might be up in age does not mean it’s time to flop on the couch and spend the rest of one’s life lounging about and letting the tube decay the brain. There is so much one can do to give of oneself in various ways. Seek out organizations where about one could volunteer. Help others. Transport others shopping, to friends houses or even church. Step forward and listen to people needs and then help fulfill them. If a desire is sensed, volunteer to help with it.

  • Love one another. It’s easy to love those whom are close to us, isn’t it? Have you shared love with strangers? Now, you should know I’m not talking physical love, but more on a spiritual level. If one sees a need, step forth and lend a hand. For example, I saw a lady standing near the check out line carry a bunch of groceries. Rather than let her remain there, I told her to go before me so as to unload her burden that may have been pulling her down. She was grateful and I felt blessed. Giving of one self freely is a way of loving one another.

  • Keep laughing. Most people know by now that upon asked how I am, I always respond “Supendously fantabulous.” Why? Because it makes people laugh. I always tell them, “I have now made you smile if not laugh and that cuts the tension of a bit of stress we are seem to experience these days.” Few have disagreed with me.

    No one likes a sourpuss. For those who are grumpy most the time, I tell them
    to stand on their head so I can see their frown turn into a smile.

  • Leave your burdens behind. Don’t even think of the past. Leave those thoughts behind. Live in the ‘now.’ Did I state it was easy to do? No. But in order to live for today not to mention the future, living in the past will only create hardships. Free oneself of the boulder on one’s shoulder so the load will be lighter before climbing the hill.

    As Dr. Stanley stated, “Don’t think about your past circumstances.”

  • Keep longing. How one perceives the future will make the difference between being productive or failing. It all comes down to ‘attitude.’ I define it as ‘willpower’ or ‘won’t power.’ No explanation is needed, in my opinion.

    I like the way the knowledgeable spokesman put it; “You are young and useful at any age as long as you don’t give up.”

  • Keep working. I’ve known many persons who have told me they will never fully retire. Yours truly is one of them. Did I ever think I’d be doing as much as I’m doing now at the age of seventy-four? I never knew I’d get to this senior citizen status. Here I stand writing newspaper column after column, making fishing lures, fishing necklaces and key chains, photo notecards, and writing books. I can’t imagine not working, to tell you the truth.

  • Keep listening. I’ve noticed that those who live by themselves or spend a lot of time without others in their lives tend to talk more and listen little. Both Stanley’s and my advice is the same. Listen more and talk less. One’s never too old to learn.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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