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  • Life after 60 is in your hands

    An interesting article from The Hindu forwarded to me by a friend.

    Life can begin at 60, it is all in your hands!

    Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years of age, owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.

    1. Never say I am aged' : There are three ages, chronological,biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions; the third is how old we feel we are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

    2. Health is wealth: If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance coverage.

    3. Money is important: Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But, never take it for granted.

    4. Relaxation and recreation: The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

    5. Time is precious: It is almost like holding a horses' reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that everyday you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash - use it profitably. Live this moment; live it fully, now, in the present time.

    6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join in the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

    7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and the happiness we derive by doing good for others, without expecting anything in return. Perform a random act of kindness daily.

    8. Forget and forgive: Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our blood pressure.

    9. Everything has a purpose: Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and is right in his own way.

    10. Overcome the fear of death: We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will go on.

    Viewpoint expressed in "The Hindu."

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    Re: Life after 60 is in your hands

    Two points to look up:
    1. Is it applicable only for persons crossed 60?
    2. Changing the place of the 'only' makes different sense always: Whoever may be writer; in point 8
    "we will be only increasing our blood pressure" will make better sense by changing the only as
    Only we will be increasing our blood pressure" ?! (Just Kiding).

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    • #3
      Re: Life after 60 is in your hands

      Dear Bruhaspathi swamin,
      As for the 10th point, that is the truth ever for a child, but the thought never occurs at that time.
      only around 60 the thought of death haunts. Simple logic when you inhale you do so only to exale
      after some time. Your are born only to die. duration not known. ore oru vishayam mattum puriyave
      illa. Why all this tamash? Why should anyone come into this world and come back again to settle
      the accounts of papam and punyam. Manu and Satharupai were brought into the world Bhrumma
      (They both were not born in this world Bhrumma srushtithar avlothan) what did they do to come
      into this world?