By Tammy A. Phillips
“Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NASB)
Two years ago, Granddaddy, at 103 years old, went home to Jesus.
When I called to wish him well on his 100th birthday, he said he was feeling good. His voice was clear and strong. Granddaddy had outlived his son, his wives and his siblings. However, on that birthday he told me, “Every morning I look in the mirror and say, ‘Good morning Booker.’ Then I laugh like crazy.”
Granddaddy was feeling good on his 100th Birthday. How?
1. Took good care of his body. His more than forty-year diabetes diagnosis altered his eating habits.
2. Exercising was a way of life. His brisk daily walks and movements on his stationary bike were as important to him as bathing and brushing his teeth.
3. Minimized stress when he could. Granddaddy dealt with his health issues and cared for sick relatives, was often dragged into family situations because of their addictions and survived a difficult childhood. But it was not unusual to hear him proclaim that he was removing himself from situations. He understood that the quality of his life depended on it.
4. Was comfortable with how God made him. Granddaddy had a healthy image of himself. He also did not indulge in prolonged fits of self-condemnation. This fact was good news for his heart.
5. Appreciated his family and friends. Granddaddy graciously reached out to others; many returned the favor.
If we follow Granddaddy’s format for healthy living, then we can “laugh like crazy” at any age.