Manny’s Moans – About Young and Old
A couple of days ago I realized something very important to moan about. Since I forgot what that realization was, I will moan about something else.
When I was young, yeah, I know that was a long time ago, I did not worry about things much. My attitude was that things will work themselves out and if not, then that was the way they were to be. This, of course drove many people nuts because they misinterpreted my attitude. Most thought I was just lazy and others thought I just did not care.
In middle life, I worried my butt off about things. I had trouble accepting that things were the way they were and that I had little influence. I wanted to be in “control of my destiny”. I worked hard at making things happen. Interestingly, in middle life, I noticed that the young did not seem to worry about anything and I felt that they were lazy and did not care.
I am older now and arguably wiser. I just don’t worry about things that I have no control over. A wise rule: “If things cannot be accepted, they must be changed. If things cannot be changed they must be accepted.” Another is: “What is the worst that can happen?” If you can accept the worst, then maybe it is not so bad after all. Implementing the above two “rules” causes a wonderful calmness.
I mostly live by this rule now: “If something is not worth doing right, it may not be worth starting in the first place.” Think about the great wisdom in this statement. Why go around in life stabbing at things in an attempt to demonstrate activity? Isn’t it better to do few right things right?
Of course, people tend to misinterpret my attitude again. I am not lazy or uncaring. I’m conservative and frugal with my efforts. My story. I’m sticking with it. Can’t be changed. Accept it.
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