There’s no denying it—I am aging with observable decreases in stamina. Things take longer to accomplish compared to my younger years. To offset discouragement, I try to keep a sense of humor along with a healthy dose of tenacity. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just as long as you don’t stop.” Instead of feeling guilty for not completing an ambitious task in a day, I roll it over into the next. There is always another day. I must assume responsibility for the care of my body, brain, and spiritual health by doing the following:
- Eat a healthy diet, focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of lean meat. I avoid junk food, and of course—no alcohol or tobacco.
- Make time for physical exercise in a daily routine. Stay physically active and work hard. Tackle the challenge.
- Stay mentally active by stimulating my brain. Maintain a thirst for knowledge and improvement. Keep learning, ever learning.
- Pray for opportunities to serve others. Strengthen bonds with family and friends.
- Be grateful. Rather than fixating on decreases, focus on blessings from a loving Heavenly Father, and respond with joyful thanksgiving.