I was reading a list of recommendations given by Pat Devilly a popular fitness trainer from Galway, on his post. A line on the list reads,
“Spend time with people over seventy and under the age of six.”
Having reared fourteen children, I have spent much time with children. I have to admit I have not spent much time with older people over the years.
After reading this Blog by Pat Devilly, I decided to pay a visit to an elderly friend. Ten years ago she had two knee replacements. She was very brave and recovered well. Every night her sleep is disturbed by night sweats. She has to change her night dress through the night. I thought “Poor lady, she has to endure this hardship.” I was humbled to hear about her difficulties but she continues enduring without complaint.
I began to fear growing old and with it failing health.
I was reading on Facebook recipes for being forever young. Drink plenty of water, eat vegetables, don’t take sugar or processed foods, go for walks, garden, lose weight. The list goes on and on. I realized I would become exhausted trying to be forever young and eating lettuce to avoid pains and aches that many older people suffer.
I began to drink more water and my whole system reacted to the excess fluid. I wasn’t well for days! I tried to diet but failed miserably. I try to go for a walk but other demands come first. The weeds are flourishing in my garden! The dreams of cooking wonderful dishes with the herbs from my garden has not materialized.
I decided to stop reading such articles on Facebook, I stopped drinking excess water, I eat when I’m hungry and don’t starve myself. I will go for a walk when I desire, not because I should. I will go back to gardening when I have the strength. I will continue to wear the dress size I need to and not try to fit into a smaller size. My body and mind were getting stressed with the fear.
I reminded myself of the scripture fromPsalm 91
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16 NIV)
God promises me a long life. If I have any sickness, pain or any other trouble in the future God promises to deliver me from each one. As for me I will enjoy my life each day and not live in fear. God has delivered me from death by healing me from cancer. He will continue to help me.