I had a great evening….this evening. My Bride and I went to a Christmas Party and enjoyed seeing some of our friends, for sure, and missed seeing some others. All of these people are within a few years of our same age, and a few are even older. I sat with one friend, and chatted with him for about 20 minutes or so, and he’s a “Wise O’Owl” if there ever was one. He turned 87 this past summer, and he still goes to his office every day of the week, early, and leave for lunch, and then goes on home for the day. Except for a stroke that he had 5-6 years ago, which limits his mobility, he gets around pretty good; even drives his car to and from.
I like talking to him, because he has done, and continues to do… just what I wrote about the other day….staying busy, stay productive, stay healthy, and staying mentally alert…all of which is why he’s 87, and I plan to be that, or more. I’m not just giving good advice…. I follow my own advice. I’ve retired several times (because of selling out my business), but the next day… I’m right back on the job. You see, I’ve been doing what my O’Friend has been doing, for the last 17 years. I passed on an opportunity, just several months ago, to sell what’s left of my old business (that part that I didn’t sell) for many millions, and turned it down. Why? Well… if I had sold out again, then I might not have come back to work the next day, and I didn’t want to take the chance.
Life is too precious. There’s still a lot that I want to do, and the toilet paper is getting close to the end of the spool. I’ve got to use my time wisely. You see… even at age 75…. I still have mentors…people that I look up to…for their wisdom, their guidance, even their wise-ass remarks, and the like. I’m still on a learning curve. I’m learning how to better serve my fellow creature. I’m learning how to share “the gospel” with others. To some degree, I’m learning how to be a “nice-guy.” Remember, just two days ago, I wrote about being a “paid SOB” for 23 years. Being a nice guy is more fun; plus I gaining more friends; which I really like, because most of my friends are sitting home watching TV, waiting to die. So, I need some new ones… fresh off the vine. Someone that I can “pass the torch” to, at the appropriate time. It could be YOU…so watch out.
I am amazed at the number of people that I’ve met through “LinkedIn” who are contacting me…asking for my advice and opinion. If you’ve read my profile, then you know that I give my “advice and opinion” away…free of charge…. So… you get what you pay for. Take a lesson from me…you’re never too old to learn… and I’m learning new things every day; and so can you. Believe me on this one…. Writing on this website every single day, will keep you on your toes. I’ve learned this much: It takes just as much time, energy, skill, and the blessings of the Almighty, to write a good article as it does a bad article. And, I do my best to give you “my best.” Proverbs 1:5-6 To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.…
God Bless you….cjlb…..12/07/14