I don’t have many failures. If I’m making a cake and it fails, it becomes a pudding.  – Cliffor Crozier 101

Now there’s a piece of advice that we can use at any age.

Image: Swans taking off into the evening light. Similar to living for the day, advice from 100-year-olds.

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But can we use the wisdom of our elders to take to the air sooner?

Do we have to wait to age 100 to truly “get it?”

Today at Ever Widening Circles (EWC), we point you to a wonderful piece that is as delightful as it is inspiring: Four lovely people, who have lived past the age of 100, give us their perspectives on many things.

See if they have a few gems for you!

Lovely things to consider there!

Here are a few of my favorites, before we go out…

Time spent on reconnaissance is seldom wasted and then don’t be reluctant to ask for help.

– Cliffor Crozier, 101

Oh, and one that will ring in my ears through some rough patches from now on…

It’s just that, you keep going. 101 is only a number. You live for the day. As long as I can be helpful, I keep going. A spot of whiskey now and then helps.  – Cliffor Crozier

Make it a great day, no matter your years, and stay open, curious, and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda


Adenmum 6/15/19

I recently had the good fortune to be asked to join the board of Vermont’s largest agency for the aging – AgeWell  Vermont – and have discovered a model there for extraordinary service to humanity. (Check it out if you want to see how the #ConspiracyofGoodness might play out in care for seniors in our world.) The CEO of that extraordinary organization – Jane Catton – sent out an email one day celebrating the 108th birthday of a client they had been assisting. I didn’t even know people were living to 108 except in regions of the world that took care of themselves much better than Americans do!

And there was Jane, also pointing to the real wonder of living to be 108: perspective. She wrote,

I reflected on this amazing man and how he continues to participate in ‘life’ at almost 108, and what he has seen, lived, engaged in and learned.  Imagine the milestones and the changes in a century that he has experienced.

Born in 1911, Bill entered life right around the time of WWI or the “total war”, the Titanic sinking and the Spanish Flu killing millions around the world.  The 1920’s brought on the Suffrage movement, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the first ‘talking films’ along with Mikey Mouse being born!

The 1930’s- with Bill now into his 20’s, he would have lived through the Great Depression, the uprising of the Nazi party and Hitler, the invasion of Poland in 1939 leading up to the devastation of WWII. In the 1940’s, Bill is now in his 30’s is living through WWII, learned that Ghandi had been assassinated and saw the beginnings of Apartheid in South Africa.

By the 1950’s- Bill is now in his 40’s and he witnessed the discovery of the Polio vaccine, saw TV in color for the first time…and maybe watched Elvis Presley gyrate his way to fame (!). He likely followed the ‘space race’ between the US and Russia as the Cold War was in full force.  The 1960’s arrive, and Bill now in his 50’s, is experiencing the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King and his “I Have A Dream Speech”, the construction of the Berlin wall and of course the assassination of President Kennedy. In the 1970’s, Bill is now nearing retirement age in his 60’s and Disco is born as is Star Wars!

The 1980’s bring Bill into his 70’s- and the Berlin Wall now comes down, Pac Man, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the Rubik’s cube are on scene…as is a new killer…AIDS.

As Bill enters his 80’s, during the last decade of the century; the 1990’s brings the Internet, computers and cell phones, and the boom of technology that is a game changer.  How different is this from his radios, TV’s and black dial telephone?

When many of us expect to wrap up our lives in our 80’s or 90’s- Bill still carries on …for another 29 years so far! 

What is the secret to aging well?  We need to ask Bill and find out the lessons we need to learn to live long and fruitful lives.

Stay tuned~ I’ll be circling back to Jane to get that answer for us!

Thanks Jane for reminding us that it is still an amazing world.

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Notes:

  1. “Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds.” YouTube. LifeHunters, 23 Dec. 2016. Web. 27 Apr. 2017. <www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AThycGCakk>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.