I come from a large family whose elder members have lived well into their eighties and nineties. I have spent a great deal of time over my teaching career encouraging children to interview family members. They often returned surprised that elderly family members were so smart and knew so much about life.
I love talking with older people. Every person has a story worth listening to and worth telling. In my opinion, real life stories are better than watching TV or wasting time surfing the computer. The stories our senior citizens have to share can be funny, heart-breaking, and heart-warming.
One of the questions I love to ask is if the person has any advice about living long and how to prosper in this life. Here are a few of the things I’ve heard.
“Don’t be afraid of failing.”
“Love your family more than anyone else besides God.”
“Choose your friends carefully. Everyone who smiles at you and says sweet things to you is not your friend.”
“Serve God and love Him with all of your heart.”
“Learn something new every day.”
“Laugh as much as you can, especially at yourself!”
“Never get too busy to help somebody else who needs your help.
The Bible speaks of long life through honoring God, and honoring parents, and many people spoke of this.
“Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Just try it again – maybe in a different way. Failing is nothing to be ashamed of, but not even trying in the first place is!”
“Enjoy every day as much as you can and have a plan for tomorrow!”
Sounds like good advice to me!