HOW TO STAY WITH IT: Please add to the question at the bottom as a gift to ME today!


HOW TO STAY YOUNG  (My ‘Young’ boat has sailed, so I’d call this HOW TO STAY WITH IT!)   Please read till the bottom where I ask you a question!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, 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. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10.Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Z:  While the “AND ALWAYS REMEMBER” thing just above is clever, I’m not too fond of little adages like that and I’d prefer to say

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by making each moment fun or spent learning something new or being kind”   

What would you add to it?



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24 Responses to HOW TO STAY WITH IT: Please add to the question at the bottom as a gift to ME today!

  1. Kid says:

    – Be yourself.
    – Start a 401K at age 3
    – Don’t leave your breakfast on top of the filing cabinet on the way out like I just did
    – Never vote Democrat

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  2. Sparky says:

    All excellent advice Z. It’s almost downright paraphrased Scriptural (in a good way). 😉 Well done.


  3. Adrienne says:

    Always maintain child-like wonder like our president does.


  4. Baysider says:

    Good advice, especially 2 which I’m trying hard to not turn in to. Wasn’t your lovely friend’s trademark phrase “tell me something happy!”? Life is also measured by the person you become, and you see the yardstick when you look back to what you were. I was good at 28, but I’m glad I’m not that person today. 🙂


  5. Baysider says:

    Oh, I was supposed to “add” 🙂
    I’d add to #4 Enjoy the simple things and take note of the little details in the moment. Example: I do movement exercises in my front yard now each morning. I try to listen past the train, the trash truck, etc., and hear/see/smell what else is there. I watched a crow and one small bird in a tree and noticed I wasn’t hearing the usual chorus of birdies chirping above me. Mr. Crow hopped around then flew off. Immediately birdsongs broke out all over. So I asked Mr. B (who used to watch birds as a kid) if little birds don’t like crows. He said NO! A very small thing to notice, but something else made by our Father I had never seen before. Adds richness to the day, and pulls one out of ones troubles.

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, you’re right…the older we get, the more meaningful the smaller things are….
    thanks for that reminder….

    Kid “never vote Dem” cracked me UP! And SO TRUE about when to start saving money!
    sorry about your bkfst!!

    THanks, everyone, for the birthday advice…it’s all SO GOOD!


  7. bocopro says:

    Milady turns 80 this year . . . we think — it could be 82 since all we have to go on officially is a church confirmation entry based on her sister’s memory after all the town records were destroyed in a flood back around 1940. (Mother was deceased)

    As I’ve said before, possibly in this forum, when Mother Nature brings aging installments, she just refuses delivery. Acts like a little kid sometimes . . . a SPOILED little kid, but she ain’t selfish, and she talks with God every evenin, and she throws money at our children and grandchildren as if it were leaves from a sycamore.

    State o’ mind, apparently. And as for me, I STILL donno who the hell that guy is in my bathroom mirror. He’s absolutely NOTHIN like my internal self-image . . . all wrinkled with not much hair left and dark spots all over the place, only around 18 of the original-issue teeth left, and tiny little white hairs growin out all over his face.

    I mean, I know that chronologically I’ve been around the sun 77 times now, but I just can’t bring myself to spend all day in a recliner, drinkin Boost for lunch and Ensure for dinner, watchin talk shows and listenin to my arteries harden.

    Not “old” in the connotative sense of the term . . . more like “seasoned.”


  8. Mal says:

    Is it your birthday today? Many happy “re-runs”, Z! The list you show says it all.
    “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things”.

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  9. Kid says:

    I’ll add one. Just for fun, call information in Iraq every once in a while and ask to be connected to Mohammed Mohammed Ali Mohammed.

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  10. Mal says:

    As an aside, we broke a record yesterday by getting our first rain in 116 days! Its been raining continually ever since, night and day, and boy! Do we need it. The last day we had rain was September 13.


  11. Happy BD, Z! “Amor, dinero, y tiempo para gastarlo”

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro, so you like those OLDER GALS, huh? 🙂

    Mal, wasn’t your wedding anniversary yesterday? If so, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (I think it was the same as Mom and Dad’s, right?) And I loved the weather person on LA news this morning “the rain these two days will be the most downtown has seen in 10 months” Ya, I think it’s the FIRST rain downtown’s seen in 10 months!
    Pouring here now…LOVE IT!

    Vrag, thanks so much….Yo Espero!

    Kid, THEN what? 🙂


  13. bocopro says:

    Yeah, well . . . when Milady turned 72, somebody asked me if I’d like to trade her in for three 72-yr-olds.

    I have NO idea what the hell I’d do with even ONE 24-yr-old, and I don’t even wanna consider 2 or 3 of ’em.

    Generally speaking, I can communicate effectively with “older women,” often without even making a sound. Cleanin up after yourself is a powerful message with ’em, as is takin care of little things around the ranch without bein told, like washin her car or cleanin the lint traps in the laundry machines or noticin when she’s runnin low on rice or oatmeal or soy sauce and replenishin stores.

    Must admit, tho, there’s a lot to be said in favor of separate bedrooms sometime during middle age. Separate showers? Well . . . that’s another discussion.


  14. Kid says:

    Z, Then what? Well, I guess operator would ask ‘Is that Mohammed on Baca Lacca Dacca Street?’
    No. ‘Barry Hussein street?”
    ”Barak obama memorial Blvd? ‘ Nopes.
    ‘Is that Mohammed with the long hair and a beard?’ Yes.
    ‘Ok, it must be Mohammed in the Virgin Paradise mall?’ Nope.
    ‘Can you tell me what Mohammed’s street looks like ?’ Well, it has a lot of light brown dirt on it and there are building with lots of holes.
    ‘Geeesh, that could be anywhere !’

    See how long before she hangs up.


  15. Sparky says:

    Sorry, by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Z! “And many more ….” 🙂 🙂 🙂 ❤


  16. I add this bit of advice, offered to me by blogger Cubed in a private correspondence in 2007, after the unexpected passing of her husband:

    “Cherish your beloveds.”

    We cannot go wrong if we remember Cubed’s advice.


  17. And…



  18. Happy Birthday my friend. At least what’s left of it.
    Have a great day tomorrow, also, please.


  19. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, thanks SO much! Am going to dinner to a really wonderful restaurant with great friends and more fun to follow this week….

    AOW, thanks, and thanks so much for that excellent advice.

    Bocopro….I love your relationship with your wife no matter how old either of you are!

    Sparky, THANKS

    Kid, that is HILARIOUS and probably TRUE..I LIKE IT.

    Kid, I WISH you could have seen the Trump meeting this morning…best thing I maybe EVER saw in regards to a president discussing important topics….he ROCKED….


  20. Mustang says:

    Do your best to forgive others; don’t forget to forgive yourself.

    Happy Birthday Z!

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  21. geeez2014 says:

    mustang, SO important and I’m so glad you reminded us all..forgiveness is what it’s all about …”And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” And who really does, right?

    Thank you, dear buddy.


  22. cube says:

    Happy belated Birthday, Z. I like the combination of #4 and #7. Keeping busy is also very good advice.


  23. sandy braddock says:

    Z, Happy late birthday and many more…….I added your web site to my reading list! The one thing I would add to your list How to Stay With It. If your worried about something ask yourself “will this matter ten years from today.” If it won’t matter then let it go. The other is SUCCESS COMES IN CANS, NOT IN CAN NOTS.



  24. geeez2014 says:

    Great to have you with us, Sandy, and I LOVE that advice!!!


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