HERE’s a text forward I received months ago:
“As we grow older, hence wiser (supposedly, but how come we still tend to make grave errors in judgment and decision making), we realize that wearing a P30,000 or P3,000 watch (mine costs less) - they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a P3,000 or P300 wallet (mine costs about double but wouldn’t even have a resale value of P5) – the amount of money inside is the same. Whether we drink a bottle of P3,000 or P30 wine, the hangover is the same. Whether the house we live in is 30 sqm. or 300 sqm.—the loneliness is the same.(I am blessed to have 3 children who still stay with us, with siblings, nephews and nieces in the same apartment building). You will realize your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.”
Now here’s a portion of another forward, a really long one. I will just pick out a few lines. It was entitled “Between 65 and Death”. (sent by my college batchmate who must be in that age group.)
“It is time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy. it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have NO NOTION of the SACRIFICES you made to get it. Remember, there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital.”
And here’s what my wife liked best from the 21 do’s and don’ts:
“Always buy the BEST, most beautiful items for your significant other.(does my wife fall into that category? hehehe Why can’t they just say, “spouse”?) The goal is to enjoy your money with your partner (spouse, I suppose). One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then. Enjoy it together. (We should take that long postponed honeymoon trip soon)
Finally, here’s some good advice:
“Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner [spouse], love life, love your family, love your neighbor, and remember: A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”
My Dearest Angie,
Years have gone by so quickly. We have celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. And it seems only like yesterday, when I was dating you during your college days (while I was an instructor).
Now with 4 grown up children and one grandchild, we are in the sunset of our lives. (speaking for myself)
May we guide and hang on to each other as we walk with less strength in our legs, but with more persevering hearts to love and be compassionate.
May we fulfill our purposes in life, achieve our goals, and live out our dreams.
May life find us preparing, so that death will find as prepared.
“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” - Job 12:12
“Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” - Isaiah 46:4
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2017.
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