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How to Stay Young (last of 3)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Mary Southerland's advice Friend to Friend (end)

11. Don't worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.
12. Read more and dust less.
13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.
14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.
15. Do not "save" anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.
16. Wear your best outfit to the market.
17. Don't save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.
18. "Someday" and "one of these days" should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.

From Jonnie: I do a lot of these now--try to do whatever I can to enjoy every day. I only wish I had begun earlier, in my younger years. In those days I put too much value on things--the good china was for special occasions (the kids would just break it). Now I drink my wine from my crystal wine glasses, and my morning coffee from a china cup (and they cost 3 times as much now to replace, but somehow it just tastes better), and when the grandkids are here for Thanksgiving or just Sunday dinner, we all eat off the china and crystal. We're all special--everyday!

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1TRESCHICAKA 3/3/2012 7:28PM

    I will be drinking my tea from my "Special Paris - Eiffel Tower cup" and dream of having it at an outdoor cafe in Paris :0) Merci! Thanks for reminding us to take pleasure in the everyday things..like the trees & flowers starting to bloom here, birds chirpping happily in am, pretty sunsets at night...La Vie En Rose...I will make an effort to stop & smell the roses!

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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 7:03AM

    How true! Thanks for sharing this. I think I'll go have my coffee in my glass mugs from England. I keep them on a shelf for fear of breaking them. No time like the present to dust them off!

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YIWEN39 3/2/2012 6:56PM

    That's great! very special advice... that I want to put in practice! Right NOW :-)
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend :-)

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How to Stay Young (cont'd)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mary Southerland's advice Friend to Friend (cont'd)

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country - but not guilt.
10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.

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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 7:00AM

    Good advice!

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GOLFGMA 3/2/2012 7:39AM

    Great advice. emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/1/2012 7:22PM

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COLUMBINE2 3/1/2012 12:47AM

    This is an outstanding manifesto...I'm keeping it at my fingertips & sharing with my dearest friends. Several statements really jumped at you-know-who. Thanks for sharing it with me! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/29/2012 8:54PM

    Nicely said! I also like to keep my curiosity always on the go....every now and then I feel like I know it all....until I find something new and go exploring

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How to Stay Young

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The following was sent to me in an email. It is a gem, and expresses so many of my own sentiments, I wanted to share it with you. She has quite a long list of suggestions for living your life to its fullest, so this will be the first of about 3 installments. More to come:

February 23, 2012
How to Stay Young
Mary Southerland

Friend to Friend
In April, I will celebrate my 61st birthday! It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive and yet, here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in my life.

I have some advice for you, girlfriend. If you are a young woman, it really is true that you should cherish every day and every moment with your friends and family because the older you get, the quicker the days fly by. I look at my children who are married and having children of their own and wonder where all of those years went. How did this happen?

If you are an older woman, take a deep breath and celebrate the fact that you are breathing. I believe if you are alive, God has a purpose and plan for your life. Give yourself a pat on the back for your survival skills. Take a few moments to reflect on your life and don’t get hung up on what might have been. Celebrate what is and what will be.

I have discovered some wonderful advantages to growing older and have learned some valuable lessons along the way. Each chapter of life seems to grow more exciting and I keep wondering when that “slow down” thing is going to kick in. I am no longer overly concerned with a lot of things that once kept me awake at night. There is great freedom in having paid a lot of “life dues” because I have already been there, done that and don’t really care about getting the T-shirt.

I can say with authority that you probably will live through that crisis you think will be the death of you. What defines you today may very well seem ridiculous in ten years or even ten days. Stupidity will give way to wisdom learned the hard way. I now give myself permission to do or not do things I once would have felt compelled to do simply because it was someone’s ridiculous expectation … not God’s plan. My audience has certainly changed over the years from the people who love to leer at me through the glass bowl in which I live to running the race of life for an audience of One.

Yes, there are moments when I have made a frenzied and desperate attempt to stay young. But then, why would I want to do that? There are many years of my life I really do not want to revisit and there is so much of my life now that I love. During one of those youth seeking moments, I came across the following list of ways to stay young and found it quite interesting.

How to Stay Young
1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.
4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.

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YIWEN39 2/29/2012 6:35PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing :-)

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SONYALATRECE 2/29/2012 6:28AM

    Thanks! Will note these words of wisdom...

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VETTRANGER 2/29/2012 12:33AM

    A lot of good thoughts, one poor one. One way to stay young is to die young. A good way to do that is to neglect your health. So I disagree with the notion of ignoring weight.

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IMIN2GENES 2/28/2012 12:33PM

    This is great! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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BRAVERUDE 2/28/2012 12:27PM

    She's a keeper! emoticon emoticon

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GLORYANDME 2/28/2012 11:50AM

    Amen!! Thanks for sharing. Very inspring! emoticon

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It's my 6-month SparkVersary!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Oh, my goodness! How time flies! I almost didn't notice that I've been sparking for 6 whole months.

I can't thank the Spark community enough for all your generous love and support. It helped me dig deep to find the strength to attain my goals. And now you're sustaining me through all my whining about trying to hold on to my weight loss in maintenance. I wouldn't dare let you down, I will find my stride with this, and share with you whatever methods work for me, just as you've done.

Most of all, I LOVE the special friends I've made here. We're so close in spirit. It feels as if you live down the street from me.

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LUVPOETESS 3/5/2012 8:42PM

    For some reason or other, I didn't spend a lot of time here in February. Not only did I just read that you celebrated your 6-month Sparkversary on the 8th of February, I realize that I celebrated MY 6 month Sparkversary two days after you. Congratulations to you (and me too heehee.)

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BBONET 2/23/2012 10:40AM

    A little late but congratulations on your 6 months. You are a really go getter and have done such a great job!!! emoticon

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/21/2012 7:12AM

    You are a fast mover! I love how far you have come in 6 months!
You are an inspiration, thank you for you support and interest,
You are awesome!
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COLUMBINE2 2/18/2012 6:01PM

    Wow...you've come soooo far, so quickly!!! (easy for ME to say...my muscles weren't doing the heavy duty work ---YOUR muscles were!

Your dedication really paid off....eating smart & excerising consistently.

I'm am SO very proud of you and happy for you! You'll find the key to maintenance...and then pass it along to me, if I ever get there!!

Big pat on the back for you! emoticon

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VETTRANGER 2/14/2012 11:12PM

    Congrats on the consistent work and your moving the marker across that goal line. :-) Today is 8 months for me. It's amazing what we can learn and accomplish in that amount of time!

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NEWMAC2011 2/10/2012 1:11AM

    Can't believe how much progress you've made in only 6 months! You look fantastic & have been a great asset to the Teddy Bear team. Spark on my friend!

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GLORYANDME 2/9/2012 9:17PM

    Happy 6 month sparkaversary! Great job on reaching your goal weight! I am so happy for you. You are going to do great with your maintenance! Like you, I am glad I found SP! emoticon emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 2/9/2012 7:38PM

    Congrats! You are doing so great! You look wonderful! It has been great being by your side, sharing this journey together!

To another 6 months...and beyond!

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ARLENE_MOVES 2/9/2012 4:33PM

    Congratulations. Thanks for all the great advice you've given me since joining the team.

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MARTHAWILL 2/9/2012 7:48AM

    Happy 6 mos Sparkversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLWALDRO 2/9/2012 4:47AM

    Time flies when you are having fun or so they say...
I am sure you are much healthier than when you began the journey so I wish you well and continued success in all you do.
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  You look fabulous and well done, Happy Anniversary too. emoticon

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Congratulations Giants--WooHoo!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

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What a breath-holding end to the game. What a half-time show! I know my friend Braverude is pleased! Go, Giants!

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BRAVERUDE 2/7/2012 12:31PM

    Pleased?? Baby, I am Delirious! (another favorite Prince song!)
Great game - glad you watched and enjoyed!

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LINDABENEDICT 2/5/2012 10:02PM

    It was a great game !

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