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26 October 2014 - Partly Personal Please

As my good friend, the late Paul Harvey, would frequently say on his broadcasts - “Partly personal please.” This week, I would like to share some personal thoughts with you on the Life Lessons that one learns after spending eight decades on this planet.

My father, who lived to 95, often said as he ‘matured’ (which is my term for growing older) that one of the challenges of growing old is that you lose your friends. Now, at 80, I’m finding that to be true. In the past month I have lost two friends, one - a farmer who battled cancer for 13 years and finally lost the battle. The other - my dentist of more than 40 years who asked his wife if she could go to the kitchen and get him a glass of ice water. She did, and when she returned, he was dead of a massive heart attack . . . in moments . . . that quickly!

So what life lessons do I learn from these losses? The one that took 13 years teaches me that life is precious and worth fighting for every day; the other that happened in seconds teaches me to remember that every day could be my last. What else have I learned?

First of all, you need Faith in a Supreme Being, whatever you choose that to be. Faith is very important and having had two serious health challenges, I personally know that prayer works. Secondly, every day, in person and on the phone, tell your spouse that you love her or him and do it every day, because you never know when that day may be your last opportunity to say that.

Tell your kids and your grand kids the same thing. Whether you are doing it in person, or in the case of our grandson who is miles away in college, on the phone or in an e-mail, do it! Then, do something positive every day. There are so many good things in this life that we can enhance by sharing with friends, relatives or even strangers. Every day I read some special words that hang on my office wall and I share them with you.

“This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or I can use it for good. But what I do today is important because I’m exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place whatever I have traded for it. So I pledge to myself that I shall be gain not loss, good not evil, success not failure, so that I shall not regret the price I paid for this day.”

Words for me to live by, and you to think about; and don’t forget to say “I love you” to your special people every day!

After 80 years, those are my thoughts on Samuelson Sez.