Who says you’re too old? Are you?

If you think you are too old to be bothering about making a difference in your community, I disagree with you.

If you say you are too old to make a difference in your country, I disagree with you.

If you say you are too old to make a difference in the world, I disagree with you.

Ask me why!

The reason is as you read this people older than you are impacting their communities.

People who are older than you are impacting their countries.

People who are older than you are impacting the world.

I do not know how many times it can be said before some people understand that it is never too late for one to do something great with their life.

It is never too late to start a new project from the bottom and take it up to the top.

I hope you are not among those senior citizens who consider life to be over because they are senior citizens?

I want to state categorically that life is not over unless you decide that its over.

This may just be the time that if you put in some good effort, you will be surprised by what you can do..

I don’t support anybody thinking or feeling it is over for them just because they are on retirement.

Many people do their best work when they are on retirement. At that time, they are free to do what they enjoy doing not what duty obliges them to do.

When you are on retirement, there is nobody to put unnecessary pressure on you. You can sit, plan, execute, and relax at your pace. Freedom has amazing power.

I know you may be thinking like some people that if you didn’t do it during more than three decades of working life is it now that you will make it?

I say in this world of ours, every minute counts. Make no mistake!

I know so many people who became senior citizens without a car, without a house, without having finished educating their children, but in their retirement, they got right to the top.

That makes life thrilling, doesn’t it? It is much fun making achievements on your retirement that many didn’t expect you to do.

I don’t need to cite the names of people I know who made it big on retirement but there are galore. I guess you know some.

I have read about people who wrote their best book while already on retirement. There are others who got higher degrees on retirement; others who built mansions on retirement; and others who got to the highest office in their country on retirement.

You don’t need to go too far to find them. Turn on your TV and look at the two fellows running for the White House this year. Who between them is younger than you? If they were cardinals, they would have been on retirement already. The two fellows are above 70 years each.

I don’t like it when I see people with potential for greatness wasting it under the pretext of retirement.

If you like me to tell you, I will do: my best work is ahead.

Haven’t we been told that the years between 60 and 80 are usually every human person’s most creative years?

This is the time for you to do your best work.

The only wedge that can stop you is the belief that it’s over for you already; that it’s too late.

What you should tell them is such are discouraging messages. Those are the messages we call dream-killers.

They do, indeed, kill dreams. It’s not too late.

What you should do is you don’t bother to go for very big projects. Such might leave you discouraged. Of course, if you feel called to do something big, you go ahead. If you aim high, that’s excellent!

But if it’s something new you are starting, my advice is start small and then climb to the last rung of the ladder. It isn’t meant only for others.

There are little things you can do to make a difference in your community. In this era of communication technology, nothing is impossible. We no longer talk of the sky being your limit. Now, we say the sky is your springboard.

You can find your influence going worldwide in a week. All is to be determined, and to put on your thinking cap. Allow age to rest. Don’t even think of it.

You may not believe if I tell you I was computer illiterate a few months to my retirement. Then I got the young people who came on internship to tech me between programs and during break.

Do you know what? I am doing things on the web. A few weeks ago I did an online course on graphics design. It was mind blowing.

If there are two people who believe in fighting to the end, I am one. We must fight till the very last minute of our breathe to make a difference.

And one can make a huge difference even at the last minute. It’s real.

Let me tell you about a certain friend of mine in a WhatsApp forum. This man’s popularity grows by leaps and bounds daily. Can you guess what he does? He writes lovely posts that hardly go beyond ten sentences daily. Readers adore them and so he’s making a name for himself. Less than ten sentences; but he captures minds and hearts. He gets people hooked. That is an example of a little thing in an extraordinary way.

I see people spending time on social media but do not think it necessary to offer useful content that can make a difference. They chat away their precious time. I don’t understand.

We can make social media a vehicle for service that will impact the world. It’s being done.

One thing I very strongly believe in is God did not create us to trot across the stage making no impact. God created us for great things. His plan for each one of us is far greater than our plan for our own selves.

Some people make it big during their working life; but some take much longer. They get into retirement before they make it.

Now, if you have already made it (I know many who have), God has bigger plans for you. He granted you the grace to make it big early so that you can go further, not for you to fold your arms.

I have been wondering if the Bible gives an age for retirement. To me, if we retire, it is to give our place to younger people because jobs are scarce. I see retirement as stopping work in a government office, a company or under somebody to work on our own projects.

Our brains haven’t gone any where yet. They are still very active. Let’s use to them! There’s still so much waiting for us to do.

I believe deep down in you, there is something you have always wanted to do. This is the time to do it.

What I can advise is think of some service that you can render; that thing you have always wanted to do. You can carry the light of your faith in your community. You can be the best neighbour to your neighbours. You can be someone who encourages young people in your community. You can put smiles on the faces of others and be the best of friends on Facebook or other social media.

There is a tool which we under use or many of us use wrongly whereas it can do so much for us and others; and it doesn’t cost anything. That is words. Why not take up talking to people as your. main thing for your remaining days? On a daily basis, you can lift people’s spirits, encourage, motivate, inspire them. With this, you will find yourself taking some people from where they are to where God intends them to be.

There is something I almost forgot. When you are on retirement and spend time aimlessly, you grow old fast. When you stand with your mates, you will look like their older one. And your days will be counted. When you are active doing constructive work, you will ever look young and your life span will increase. Experts actually say those who go on retirement but have a dream they are pursuing live longer than those who do not.

You will hear people say retirement is meant to rest not bother themselves. I totally agree. You have take enough rest; but also keep body and brain active. Don’t neglect that!

But beware of taking on activities that expose you to stress, be it physical, mental or emotional or put your life at risk. You are no longer a young person to withstand some kinds if stresses.

Do you know why I wrote this? If you are a senior citizen, I am a senior citizen like you and its best at this time when we hold hands and walk down the street together.

The ball is on your court.

Is growing old,a count down or count up ?

Growing old

Don’t regret growing old.It’s a privilege denied to many

Is it not a fact that we dread getting old ?

Why people in general have a defeatist attitude towards aging process ?

Is it not a bias against aged people ?

How is the way you want to be addressed as you are growing old ?

Elderly person,senior citizen,oldy,senile or old-timer,learned man/woman ?

General feeling is aged people lose their capacity to discharge their responsibilities,resulting in majority going into depression.

And ‘forgetfulness’ is blamed because of aging.

Old age said to be the seat of illness,reduced reflexes,loss of memory etc.I do agree.But all is not lost.

To all the senior citizens in the world, hey,stop sulking and remember the saying of Robert Browning, ” Grow old with me ,the best is yet to be “

When does old age begin ?

Old age is said to start after 45.

Scientists define any age after 60.

Researchers have discovered many advantages of aging.

And how do you summarize aging process in a positive way ?

On a humorous note

” The best thing about growing older is that one is not yet dead !”

1.Knowledge and maturity of old people is extremely beneficial.

2.Wisdom of aged people at its best, and all the times.No surprise the proverb ‘ Old is Gold’ is popular.

3.Old people don’t care what others think about them and can take independent decisions.

4. Lack of stress since bringing up the family is a finished chapter.No worries.

5.Spending time with Grand children.

6.Ability to spend more time with loved ones.

7. Old people rarely make foolish mistakes.

8. Old people are better connected and this is helpful in times of distress.

9. Senior citizen benefits,priorities at airport etc.

10.No taking craps from the idiots.

11. You have nothing to lose.

12. Emotional maturity at its best.

“Youth is a gift of nature,but age is a work of art ” Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“wrinkles mean you laughed,Grey hair means you cared,and scars mean you lived” unknown

Wishing senior citizens a wonderful time.

Dear readers feel free to write about your thoughts on old age and the advantages it can bring to the society.

Thank you.
Philosophy Through Photography

Something useful no 7 (as shared on social media)

How life can be unfair to men in their old age.

I have seen men work, labour, sweat throughout their youthful lives on their wives and children and I have also seen how they end up.

As you are working hard to train your children and to make your wife proud, don’t forget to put away something for yourself for your old age.

May you not be begging your children to eat in your old age. Remember, women can be jumping from one son’s house to another daughter’s house. . .Not so for men.

Can I tell you the truth? You are a stranger in that family you call yours today. That house you struggled to build is not yours. Its for your wife and the children.

A friend sent me a story recently. Let me quote him here: “My grandfather told me that a married man is like a tractor that builds a road, does it very nicely but when the road is completed, they bring a low loader and carry the tractor away, claiming it will spoil the road! That tractor is never allowed to step on the road it built!

“Same is the case of we married men. We deny ourselves, get loans, wear used clothes, etc to see our children through high school, university etc because we believe that the only gift we can give them is quality education.

When they are old enough, the fathers often become dispensable. The attention of the children shifts to their mothers.

May be these mothers poison their minds against their fathers, who knows?

You hear a typical mother uses phrases like ..”If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have gone to school”. “I sold all my gold, trinkets, and cloth to send you to school”.
“Your father was only interested in alcohol and women while I suffered to pay your fees!”

(Now the tractor that built the road is being carried away!)

“Once the child starts working, father would have retired. When he comes visiting his parents, the poor father is given GHC 200 in front of the mother, while the mother pulls him to the kitchen to collect 50 times what father got… and the father doesn’t know what mother got!

“Once the child drives off, the father is told to bring money from his pittance to buy this and that, buy sugar to prepare lipton unless he wants to drink sugarless tea! These are some of the reasons men die early!

“A mother flies abroad to visit her children or goes to play baby nurse while the father sits at home, buying and eating kenkey and herrings every morning!

After six months abroad, she returns home fresh to meet father looking hungry and sick”.
She will be gone in another direction within one month after she has shown off her fresh looks to her friends and neighbors.

Old age could be very lonely and agonising for men who did not plan for it. May you not become a liability on your children in your old age. May your children not wish you early death when they can’t manage you again in your old age.

To live a happy old age,

* Build your own house where you will live in your old age.
* Build businesses, preferably properties, that will feed you in your old age.
* Create conveniences, start learning things that will engage you in your old age.
* Build friendship and goodwill that will serve you in your old age.
* Right now, start to be relevant in your Church, mosque or community so you could be reckoned with in your old age.

Old age could be lonely. An old age without money in your pocket is a slow, agonising death sentence!

Be warned. Take action NOW…! Copied

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Scars

There’s a hidden story behind them, there’s a secret hidden pain, those deep, yet long wrinkles, that attempt to hide the scars in vain,

 her sad sunken eyes searched for someone lost in the distance, I noticed a tear tremble as she tried her best to avoid them in resistance. 

Who was it that she longed for? who was it that she searched? who could of left her so broken? Unaided as I continued to implore. 

She looked at me, as if it was her final goodbye, I held her hand to reassure her; as she began.. 

to close her eyes.

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Sobia 

https://simplysimplymeblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/scars/

Till God calls you home

IMG_20151127_113236Once I met an old man walking
Lazily down the street;
A big stick he held in hand;
On which from time to time he leaned;
I shouted a courteous greeting,
Respecting his grey hair.

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In our conversation, I asked about his plans;
Curious to know what the old man had in mind;
He told me his time was near
And he had no reason to make new plans;
As I left him, I pondered on his words.

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Then as I took a few steps;
I met an older man humming a song;
He was jubilant and so full of life;
I asked him what he was up to.
He looked at me with shiny eyes;
And I could see he was so full of hope
Despite his advanced age;
Much older than my first friend.

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He told me he was on his way to the garden.
He had some seeds to plant;
Seeing the look on my face, he explained;
“In twenty years they’ll bear fruit;
And my great grand children
Will savor them.”

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That set my mind working again;
How we can be so different
The way we look at life.
Some live in hope to the end;
Some easily despair.IMG_20151103_153731
Never hesitate to plant another seed;
Keep on planting till God calls you home.

You will reap with time

“A minute gone can never be recalled.” I learned this when I was a kid; and this is true. Thus, if by some magic I could return to the past, I would like to return to my early working days.

It was a joy for me when I started earning a salary. Lacking experience in financial management then, I did not use my earnings as profitably as I would have done. I spent much of my money carelessly.

Hence, if the opportunity came again, I would jump at it and use that time of my life to build a more solid foundation for myself through the maximization of my earnings.

I know you may want to know how I would do it. I would do a lot of investment especially in landed property. This would enable me to have a more secure life in my old age.
If I were to draw from my experience and advice young people, I would tell them to make sure they make the best of their youth and what they earn. Are you a young person? Do not do things that will make you regret tomorrow. Invest your time and money well. You will reap with time .

DAILY PROMPT
If I Could Turn Back Time
If you could return to the past to relive a part of your life, either to experience the wonderful bits again, or to do something over, which part of you life would you return to? Why?

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/if-i-could-turn-back-time/

That’s life

Do you know
What’s happening to you
As the days go by?
You are growing old
Or older;
As the days go by,
You are getting mature,
Or more mature;
As the days go by,
You are getting nearer your grave;
As the days go by,
You are getting nearer month end
When salaries are paid;
And more money circulates;
As the days go by,
You are getting closer to better
Or worse things;
That’s life.

Last minute winning goal

If you’ve crossed the half century line in age,
And someone tells you you’re too old
To still score a goal,
Tell them they know not what they say;
That you have a last minute
Winning goal to score.
Having said that,
Go ahead and score it and win.
A lot of outstanding victories
In the world are won
Through a last minute
Goal.
Therefore,
Let no one say
It’s too late for you to score
The winning goal of the match;
As you’ve always dreamed to do;
If you keep on doing as you are doing.
That golden winning goal,
You will score in a spectacular way;
Of that, I am sure.