"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter," Mark Twain once said. While Twain's optimism is certainly a lesson worth learning, it isn't always easy to be positive about growing old. Nonetheless, stories can be a source of comfort and inspiration for senior citizens. Whether online or in a book, whether fiction or true accounts of energetic seniors, these stories can help the aged retain a positive attitude about life.
Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul
"Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul: Heartwarming Stories for People 60 and Over" is a book of short stories in the popular "Chicken Soup" series. It contains over 400 pages of short fiction, inspirational messages and writing by a variety of authors. The book is divided into a number of thematic sections, including "Staying Young at Heart," "Sharing with Others," "Across the Generations" and "Celebrating Life." It is a New York Times No. 1 best seller.
Help, Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment
"Help, Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment: Notes to God on Growing Older" is a book by Karen O'Connor. The book contains a variety of humorous accounts of "senior moments," those moments in life that make people feel old and expose the frailty of body and mind. The book contains stories with such titles as "Right -- and Proud of It," "Grandma's Letter" and "Margarine, Margarine, Wherefore Art Thou?"
The story of Ruth Hamilton is sure to inspire senior citizens. Hamilton died in January 2008 just shy of her 110th birthday. Her life is so remarkable, however, because she was one of the world's oldest bloggers. Having learnt to use a computer only later in life, Hamilton, a schoolteacher, posted a video blog on GrowingBolder.com. Hamilton's story proves that people of any age can become masters of the latest technology.
When Ronald Cunningham, aka The Great Omani, died in 2007, he was a magician and escape artist just two years removed from the top of his game. His stunts used fire, straitjackets and even eating glass. In 2005, at the age of 90, he escaped from handcuffs while both his arms were on fire. The story of The Great Omani is sure to inspire anyone, and truly proves that you are only as old as you feel.
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