I asked a friend who
has crossed 70 and is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is
feeling in himself? He sent me the following:
- After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children
and my friends, I have now started loving myself.
- I have realized that I am not "Atlas". The world does not
rest on my shoulders.
- have stopped bargaining with vegetable and fruit
vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it
might help the poor fellow save for his daughterís school fees.
- I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a
smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than
- I stopped telling the elderly that theyíve already told that
story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane and
relive their past.
- I have learned not to correct people even when I know they
are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me.
Peace is more precious than perfection.
- I give compliments freely and generously. Compliments are a
mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a
small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn
it down, just say "Thank You."
- I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my
shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
- I walk away from people who donít value me. They might not
know my worth, but I do.
- I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in
the rat race. I am not a rat, and neither am I in any race.
- I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions.
Itís my emotions that make me human.
- I have learned that itís better to drop the ego than
to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with
relationships, I will never be alone.
- I have learned to live each day as if itís the last.
After all, it might be the last.
- I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for
my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You
can be happy at any time, just choose to be!