How to Stay Young

I'm back in the States now, even though I haven't finished telling you about much of our time in the UK. I need to plan my Internet access a bit better. Over the past week, though, I've put about 1200 miles on a rental car visiting a client and my mom. And what news! My mom got married!

After my dad died in late 2004, I wasn't sure what was going to happen with Mom given her propensity to stay home and become a hermit. Turns out, I needn't have been concerned. Last Thursday, she married a great guy who is 16 years her senior, and she's clearly very happy. I'm delighted for her, although carting 34 years worth of stuff out of the basement in the house she's selling was a bit of work...

Her new husband is a great guy. He laughs easily. He's in great shape, swimming off the dock of his cottage on Higgins Lake in Michigan every day when they are there. He listens well, has a great family (including two great grandchildren), and it's been great getting to know them all over the past week.

He's 91. And young.

I think that sense of humor has a lot to do with it. I'm sure that his tolerance does, as well. During the drive, I listened to one of my favorite authors/speakers, Earl Nightingale. In one of the talks, he quoted Søren Kierkegaard: "Strength and tolerance are partners." WIth strength of character and personal esteem comes tolerance.

Stay young.

To YOUR success, Stephen Hultquist