Most people plan for everything in their lives—except their lives.
As George Burns (who passed on at 99) oftentimes said, “If I had known I would live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
These thoughts were prompted by a family gathering at our home: the celebration of my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday.
A few months previously, the University of Southern California chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International (my home chapter) honored Emory Stoops, former national president and its first international president on the 100th anniversary of his birth. (Phi Delta Kappa is an educational association devoted to advancing research, service, and leadership in education. It publishes perhaps the most respected journal in the profession, “THE PHI DELTA KAPPAN.”
As Dr. Stoops easily walked to the podium and gave a lucid and articulate history of the association, we were delightfully amazed and very pleasantly surprised at his eloquence, and his physical, emotional, and psychological health. (Phi Delta Kappa International has just reissued the second edition of his book, “PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS – A Guidebook for Students and Educators.”)
So here is a thought: If you were going to celebrate the 100th anniversary of your birth, what would you do differently NOW to enjoy the upcoming event?