Today, August 4th 2023 woud have been Malcolm Forbes 104th birthday. His son published a Salute to his life, and shared some of his favorite quotes. One of the quotes was: "As you get older, don't slow down. Speed up. There's less time left."
Surely he did not mean run faster, swim faster or speed up in any of the ways that involve strength and mobiity? Like it or not those abilities do slow down. It's a rare individual who, as they age, speeds up and wins the race. I'd like to believe he meant - speed up in ways that can make a difference while time is on your side.
Another of Forbes quotes was "If I can't take it with me, I'm not going." Few of us can afford to indulge in hot air balloon rides, or finding the most spectacular Faberge eggs - but we can all do something to enhance our lives or that of others.
Dreaming of a cross country trip? Why the delay? Wishing you could speak another language? What's stopping you? Want to give a scholarship in someone's memory? If you can afford it, do it now. Creating a Will? Better today than tomorrow. Today you can give with warm hands. Yearning to gather around your friends just for fun? They'd love it. Tell your children and grandchildren (no matter their age) how important they are in your life? They know it - you know it - say it.
There are so many ways we can speed up without becoming competitive, anxious. Most of them incude doing something with or for someone else. Most do not morbidly anticipate the grim reaper getting closer. 'Each according to his or her means' is not from Malcom Forbes, but it is a great planning barometer. Whatever your means, whatever your plans - if health allows - do it now or do it soon. I keep in mind the untimely death of my father, at the age of 68. Two months prior to his death he had completed visits to each of his children on far flung continents and in different counties. We feel fortunate he did not wait to tell each of us how proud he was of how 'we turned out' and how mutual love had eased him through a hard life.
Ready. Set. Go ahead.
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