At the age I am now, “elderly” has taken on a new meaning. In my earlier days when I heard the word, I pictured in my mind, someone old and gray, on their last leg but now that I come under that term I do not think that way about my peers!

A big misunderstanding about “the elderly” is what I just described. Actually the older we get, barring disease or a mental problem, we have grown wiser as the extra years have enlightened us. Yet, sometimes we are taken “with a grain of salt.” Oh! What a pity we were not as wise in our younger years. We could have saved ourselves a lot of heartache. Maybe we would have had the courage to make the decisions that could have saved us a lot of heartache. But we plunged headlong into life, looking neither right nor left, before taking a flying leap ahead.
The elderly have important messages for you if you will take the time to seek their wisdom.
During their 75 or 80 years of living they have gained immeasurable wisdom for they have had untold experiences with life.
One thing we have used to keep our peace is to detach. It took us years to learn this or even know what to call it as we were learning to practice it. We have learned to be able to help with a situation without getting emotionally involved. If you are going to get involved with the problems of others and try to help them you have to detach to keep yourself from being very distressed.
We have learned to do this in very trying situations. If you are having more problems than you can handle, detach. Getting emotionally involved in any negative situation is not good and cannot help the situation. You must learn this to keep your peace. We have learned how to have peace only because we have learned to detach.
If your actions won’t help then stay out of it. I caught myself detaching when my son died and while he was dying. Another word might be denial. I have had to numb my feelings so many times and pretend I had no feelings that maybe I became too good at it.
I have learned to live by the Serenity Prayer and it is such a good example for keeping your peace:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
“Taking one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time
Taking as Jesus did this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it
“Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His will
That I may be reasonably happy in this world
And with Him forever I in the next.”
What a beautiful recipe for having peace in your life.
My own recipe for peace is:
Don’t get involved in other people’s problems.
If someone tries to pick a fight, walk away.
If someone wants to have the last word, let them.
Don’t read sad stories.
Don’t watch sad movies.
Don’t dwell on bad things.
Don’t visit graves (someone may differ with me on this one but it makes me too sad)
Don’t think what might have been.
Live each day as if it might be the last.
Never use the phrase, “What if?”
Talk to God daily.
Read your Bible daily if only a few verses.
Remember to thank God daily for your many blessings.
And remember to:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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