How to Live a Long Life

I read the other day that some people feel like every Monday is a new year. I think that’s a good philosophy to have. There’s nothing like a fresh start. I’m so grateful my Grandmother has lived to see another decade. Since she reached the milestone of 97, it has made me think more and more about longevity. As I once heard a wise woman say about my Grandmother: “they don’t make ‘em like her (any) more.”

It’s true, and even despite her age, her feisty ways still make her a force to be reckoned with. On top of that, my Grandmother has always eaten whatever she wanted, has never really worked out, and, until recent years, has never had any major ailments. Even on the days when she reprimands me for trying to take away her independence - “I’m not a baby,” she insists - I realize she still has many pearls of wisdom to impart.

I recently asked her just how she has managed to live so long. It didn’t take her long to respond.
“Working hard” was her first answer. “It gives you good exercise, you know.”
Since she used to be a schoolteacher, I assume she’s referring to chasing kids up and down the hallway.
“Okay, what else?”
“Trust in the Lord,” she added. “Be obedient.”
Then, she pointed out how she made a habit of going to church every Sunday and Sunday school too, the same church my great-grandfather, Dr. John Henry Jordan, attended a century ago. Finally, she added…
“Treat people right. You treat people nice. They’ll be nice to you.”
Hmm. Who knew the Golden Rule could help you live longer too? Sounds like one of a few good rules to follow.

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