~Thoughts for Thinking People~


     It is easy to gravitate to roles society expects and we assume. Aging is in large part self-imposed because as we get older we convince ourselves we're supposed to slow down.

     We don't grow old; rather we become old by not growing. All things like to take the route of least resistance. It is easier, less resistant to not learn more, not be creative, not develop a new skill, not become more fit, increase strength or develop athleticism. Being "too old" is an easy and convenient excuse.

     Our body and mind rise to the challenges we place upon them. Do nothing and you will become nothing. Be increasingly inactive and you will achieve the ultimate inactivity - death. But if we do something, we will be something.

It is amazing what the body and mind can do regardless of age. Here's some proof and encouragement:

20 Achievers At An Advanced Age
1. At 100, Grandma Moses was painting.
2. At 94, Bertrand Russell was active in international peace drives
3. At 93, George Bernard Shaw wrote the play "Farfetched Fables."
4. At 91, Eamon de Valera served as president of Ireland.
5. At 91, Adolph Zukor was chairman of Paramount Pictures.
6. At 90, Pablo Picasso was producing drawings and engravings.
7. At 89, Mary Baker Eddy was directing the Christian Science Church.
8. At 89, Arthur Rubenstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York's Carnegie Hall.
9. At 89, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa.
10. At 88, Pablo Casals was giving cello concerts.
11. At 88, Michelangelo did architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
12. At 88, Konrad Adenauer was chancellor of Germany.
13. At 85, Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm.
14. At 84, W. Somerset Maugham wrote "Points of View."
15. At 83, Aleksander Kerensky wrote "Russia and History's Turning Point."
16. At 82, Winston Churchill wrote "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples."
17. At 82, Leo Tolstoy wrote "I Cannot Be Silent."
18. At 81, Benjamin Franklin effected the compromise that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
19. At 81, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished "Faust."
20. At 80, George Burns won an Academy Award for his performance in "The Sunshine Boys."

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.