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2016-07-28

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

"Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at 70." -Dorothy Thompson
The late Louis Armstrong, one of the greatest jazz musicians this country has ever produced, was once asked how he felt at being over 69 years old. He replied, "My belief and satisfaction is that, as long as a person breathes, they still have a chance to exercise the talents they were born with. There's no such thing as being on the way out' as long as you are doing something interesting and good. You are in business as long as you are breathing." . . . What a remarkable and sound philosophy.
A friend of mine who at age 83 still maintains an active, busy schedule was asked why he virtually never reminisced about his more than 80 years of living. "No time for that", he replied. "Past experiences shouldn't be talked about. It should be put to good use. Take what you learned from the past and put it to work on tomorrow."
Isn't this what Louis Armstrong was talking about in his quote? Exercise the talents you were born with. Do something interesting and good each day, every day ...................................