Charlie and I spent a wonderful week on vacation in Philadelphia and New York (my two favorite cities!). While visiting my 92 year old Grandmother in her Assisted Living facility, we decided to turn on the video camera and capture these invaluable moments between Nan and her great-grandkids playing, interacting and talking. For posterity purposes I even started to conduct an interview about my Grandmother’s thoughts on life- lessons and just living. My Nan, a woman of great faith, integrity, and generosity, talked about loving everyone then proceeded to introduce us to her best friend there, Anne, who is 100 years old. Being the producer that I am, I decided to turn the camera on Anne who is of strong mind, body and soul – and asked her the secret of her happy and healthy decade long life. Here are her profound words of wisdom:
“Eat healthy, live it up, lighten up and drink whisky!” (you’ll have to excuse Anne, she was born in Ireland!).
Live it up and lighten up – a useful philosophy for both life and leadership. I feel as if I have really grown in this area lately. I’ve been quite focused on all of our blessings and have felt more joyful in my personal and family life than in years past and I’m enjoying every minute! As for my professional life, I’ve stopped taking my work so seriously and realized my career, although is valued, isn’t as important as my personal life (I had to learn that lesson the hard way!). Funny thing, when I don’t let my work define me or become top priority, work is more enjoyable and I’m more productive. The 100-year-old Irish woman reminded me that life is short and there’s no need to sweat the small stuff. After all, we can’t control everything. Try letting go a bit and being more carefree and see if that doesn’t result in more LAUGHS!
My practical husband, Charlie Neese, teaches how worry is a waste of time and robs us of joy if we don’t guard our heart and mind from this temptation. Charlie points out the following truth about the number #1 theft of happiness:
Author John R. Noe, among others, wrote that out of everything we worry about, only eight percent is real and legitimate. The rest won’t happen, happened in the past or is out of our control. That means 92 percent of our time spent worrying is wasted. Considering that most of the 60,000 thoughts we have each day are repeats from the day before, that’s a tremendous amount of time we just throw away. (Charlie will share more about this subject on my post next week!).
Thanks for the reminder, Anne! We’ll be sure to eat healthy, live it up, lighten up and well – let’s just leave it at that!