Monday, April 26, 2010

Elderly Wisdom

I heard something recently that was very enlightening. In a study of 95 year-olds, they were asked what they would do differently if had opportunity to live life over again. Their answers were a little different than I thought they'd be. They said they would:

1. Risk more
2. Reflect more
3. Do more that would outlive them

Think about that for a second. Now think about how much time you spend avoiding risk. How about the time you spend being busy? Not much reflection time is there? Ponder on the amount of time you spend doing things for you rather than doing things for others or things that will outlast you.

Pretty sobering isn't it? It is for me.

The book of Proverbs tells us 27 times that we should seek wise counsel. Those who have lived for 95 years certainly have experienced more than us--we should listen to them.

Let's agree to learn from our elders and:

1. Risk more
2. Reflect more
3. Do more that will outlive us

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
Deuteronomy 32:7

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