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Resolutions as I Grow Older

On the 372nd page of a book I don’t have, and maybe never did have, there is a list of “Resolutions As I Grow Older”, written by someone with the initials R.N.B.  I have kept a copy of that page for years because I thought it might come in handy some day.

Here is an edited version of R.N.B.’s five resolutions for keeping friends as you grow older.

1.    I promise that I will not contact the same person every day so that no one ever will say “It’s her again.”


2.    If my memory isn’t what it used to be, I will keep a note of the things I talk about with each person.  “It’s not that we forget our stories; we just forget to whom we have told them.”


3.    I promise that I will make sure that in each conversation I let the other person talk at least half the time, and when I do talk about me, it will be about the positive things in my life rather than about my aches and pains.


4.    I promise that I will take time to respond to the stories and feelings of others, and not just rush on to talk about me.


5.    I  promise that I will live in the present and not go on about how great life used to be. I will read, watch and learn to have new opinions about new subjects so that young and old alike will enjoy being with me as much as I enjoy being with them.


My copy of R.N.B.’s resolutions has been tucked in a drawer for years. The print is quite faded.


But the message is ageless. 


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