I’ve paraphrased the above from George Vaillant’s book that I’m currently reading called ‘Aging Well’.
This has been a particularly timely piece as Liz’s parents who are both in their late eighties are visiting us at the moment. They’ve been happily and lovingly married for over sixty years and for Liz and I are wonderful role models. We enjoy talking to them about ‘the old days’ and listening to their thoughts about the way the world is continually changing.
When I shared the above quote with them, they both agreed that it pretty much sums up how they would assess things as well. Interestingly, in the book Aging Well, another wonderful finding of the research presented is this “It is all right to be ill as long as you do not feel sick.” Both Liz’s parents have ailments, but as we chatted about this, they agreed however that they certainly (most of the time) didn’t feel sick.
Now, this isn’t a post about old age. In fact, although the original quote was written by a sixty something person as part of a study group on aging well, I reckon if we leave off the idea it’s about old age, it’s a pretty good way to view life full stop. (And as I’m nearing my mid-fifties I don’t consider being in one’s sixties is old age).
And so the quote now becomes…
Life is about knowing what you’re doing,
having the respect of others,
a relatively sane financial base,
a loving partner and
the realization what you can’t beat you can endure.
Time to take stock of your truth
The second inescapable truth for a prosperous life in the Intentionomics Blueprint is to Take stock of your truth, and as I first read this quote in Aging Well, it leaped from the page as a pretty neat way to do just that – to take stock of my truth.
So a short post today, and one that I hope provides you with an opportunity to invest a mindful moment and take stock of your truth about you, about whether you’re living your life intentionally or whether you’re coasting in an habitual existence.
If you haven’t already done so, grab a copy of the Intentionomics Charter and use it as a way to take stock of your own truth.