“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
—Douglas MacArthur, American five-star General and Field Marshal
My Dad, Marvin Demp
I recently spent some time with my extended family in the Philadelphia area, due to the passing of my brother-in-law Arthur. One benefit of this sad time was the gathering of everyone to celebrate his remarkable life and to reconnect with one another.
During this time we visited with family from the age of one – little Noah – to my dad Marvin, age eighty-eight. Some of the discussions we had related to the changing phases in all of our lives, including a few wrinkles, an extra pound or two, and a little more grey hair.
I was delighted to see everyone still fully engaged in life — not a wrinkled soul in the bunch!
How can you stay fully engaged in your life, avoid wrinkles of your soul, and remain forever young – no matter what your age?
“Is the juice worth squeezing?”
– folk Proverb
Image from webstaurantstore.com
When she was a child, my mother lived in an apartment above the fruit store her father managed. She would sometimes help him polish the apples and display the fruit as engagingly as possible to attract customers.
Have you ever bitten into a shiny apple, only to find out that what was inside was mushy? You would never use such apples for juice.
Look at your own life as a fruit basket of people and experiences. Where are you putting your efforts? Is the juice of your life worth the squeezing?
“When at a conflict between mind and heart, always follow your heart.”
– Swami Vivekananda, Hindu monk
How do you make decisions? Do you come to them through logic, or check in with your gut? Do they make sense or do they feel right? Are you a head or heart decider?
Many people use both, and enjoy knowing that something is consistent with their core values as well as meeting the criteria of logic and critical thinking.
What if these two types of thinking are in conflict? How often have you been faced with such a conflict in your personal or professional life, and how successful have you been in making such decisions?
Where could increasing your emphasis on your heart’s decisions increase your success and satisfaction?