and other timeless Principles for effective living from Seniors.
By Charles Waldo
You undoubtedly are familiar with the title Principle: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” Don’t take on more obligations, debt, projects, and so on than you can handle and get done on time and with quality. Because it is so applicable to success in so many situations, you have no doubt applied it….perhaps often. Where, when, and from whom did you first hear it? I’ll bet it goes back a ways, to your parents and, perhaps, even to grandparents. You no doubt have many more which you can quickly bring to mind.
I belong to a Seniors exercise class in Columbus (IND) jointly sponsored by the local hospital and Senior Center. There are 27 Seniors in the group, average age probably 75+, almost evenly split between females and males; all retired from a wide variety of occupations, ranging from farming, to teaching, to engineering, to the military. Some have lived their entire lives in the Columbus area, while others are recent arrivals. Salt of the earth folks, with very positive attitudes, especially considering that many are fighting Parkinson’s Disease.
Our leader likes us to exercise both our minds and bodies. Recently, during a break, she asked us to consider and bat around two questions: 1) Using the old adage or Principle of “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” as an example, can you remember any similar Principles which were applied to you and which you subsequently adopted and applied to others in your sphere of influence, such as children, employees, and so on? 2) From whom did you first hear each Principle and how long ago was that? Get your memories cranked up and we’ll just go around the room and share. You might be surprised how far back some of these Principles go.