Greatness begins with awareness.

When do we think of ourselves as old?

When do we think of ourselves as old?Feeling old is all in the perspective of how we view ourselves. I often hear clients say they are too old in their 50s, 40s and even 30s to learn a new profession or make significant changes. A recent visit with an older friend reminded me just how important our perspective is to our willingness to approach life with freshness.

I was visiting my friend Shirley, who is 81 years old. As I was leaving her home, Shirley commented on how cool the morning had been when she delivered her newspapers, just a few hours earlier. Needless to say, I was shocked that she could possibly have a paper route. She smiled with a twinkle in her eye and said she throws the morning newspapers up to the door for several of the “older” neighbors. The older folks are 90-something! Shirley’s attitude certainly underscores the saying “we are as young as we feel.”


  1. Anne Yates

    What a great story! It’s that twinkle in the eye – we must never lose it.

  2. joel solomon

    I forwarded to most all family members. Thanks. We’ll be in touch to get together.


    • Susan

      So glad you enjoyed. I so clearly remember the morning with Shirley!

  3. Frank Cheswick


    Thanks for sharing. Attitude, attitude, attitude….


  4. Janet Gans Epner

    Your mom was so terrific; I loved sitting next to her at Rabbi’s table.

    • Susan

      We all loved Shirley, she was one of a kind!


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