A beautiful woman has a date with a very handsome man and they end up in the front seat of his car, with their arms around each other. They are enjoying it and he asks her if she would like to go in the backseat. She says “no”. He asks her again and again she says “no”. He becomes upset and asks her again “Why not”, and she replies “Because I want to stay up here with you.
Four years ago when I began to write what has since become my best-selling book, my book advisor told me, that if I was to have a successful launch, I needed to introduce pre-publication of the book by way of a blog.
Since I had no idea what a blog was, I began scouring the internet looking for blogs. I quickly found one written by my soon-to-be friend and author Glenn Van Ekeren, entitled “Enthused About life”.
The success of my blog, as well as my book, has been overwhelmingly great . I am pleased to not only express my appreciation to all of you, my readers, for making that happen, but at the same time wish to announce that today’s blog is #150 in the series and will be the last one until January 2017.
As I close out the year, let me share with you what I have learned from my four-year personal writing experience (I have written business books and articles for many years) which began in my 84th year and now extends going into number 88.
The number one lesson is that life never ends, even at death, so long as you have the mental ability to be aware of the opportunities that you have to do good, make amends for errors you may have made during the complex journey of life and help others, as well and share your knowledge and experiences with those who are coming up behind you.
For example, I have recently begun sharing my experiences with high school seniors and the reception has been overwhelming. This has not only injected a youthful feeling within me, but added to my strong desire to continue to be known as the 88 year old, 18 year old kid.
Also, by continuing to keep a high and active profile, I have been able to accomplish Lesson #2, establishing and actively retaining warm friendships made over the years, both personal and business related.
In the past 30 days, I have had numerous E-Mails and phone calls from persons I have known for up to 55 years. Many of them, who live nearby, are meeting me for lunch and dinner. Those who live at a distance communicate with me often. My friend Sean, with whom I did much business over the years, but with whom I had not spoken to in a number of years, read my blog and is joining me for lunch later this month.
A young mother, Christina, whose son has a serious physical disability, heard of my talk at the high School and invited me to breakfast where she shared the story of her son’s difficult life and her work helping other such youth.
Years ago, while heavily involved in the hotel restaurant industry, I had a warm relationship with Kim, a general contractor in Dallas. It has been years since we spoke-but again he is an ardent blog reader and called me few days ago.
It is clear to me that whatever number you carry as your age, it has nothing to do with what you can accomplish in life as you enjoy the journey.
And this morning, as I was completing this writing, my long time friend Bill, one of the hotel industry’s most prominent purchasing gurus, called to say hello. Life is about giving, doing and sharing and I cannot emphasize this enough; do not let your age stop you from participating in that process.
Finally, many of my readers, including my dear friends Ed and Joan, owners of the world famous custom candy firm Choclatique, whom I have not seen for years, send me comments, tips and other good information after each Blog they read. (I usually do not do commercials) but if you want to send some great candy gifts for the Holidays go to www.choclatique.com. YUM, YUM..
So, to all of those who read this message, I wish you and yours a most happy holiday season and a continuing happy year to come, filled with joy and urge you to find a way to heal long time family or friendship differences and bond with each other.
In the final analysis, we are all our brothers keepers, so don’t let age or other issues stop you from living your life.
Bernie Otis is a well known Writer, Author, Speaker and Community Leader. His Best Selling Book: “How to Prepare for Old Age” “Without Taking the Fun Out of Life” can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Read his Blogs at http://seniormomentswithbernardotis.com/
If you would like to have Bernie’s advice and help in finding the right facility for your needs contact him at Seymour.Otis@gmail.com. 818-519-8347. There is no cost involved.
Bernie also recently wrote the History of the Restaurant Industry in the San Fernando Valley, for the Los Angeles Library Commission.