11 July, 2015

A 90 Year Old Woman's Commandments For A Successful Life


I'm not much of a one for rules and commandments but I came across the story of a lady called Elodie Armstrong. She had multiple sclerosis, but lived happily for over 40 years following her diagnosis. When she was 90 she decided to share her personal ten commandments.

Some of them are perhaps nothing new, others may be easier said than done, but it's interesting to see them gathered together. Numbers 1, 3, 8, 9 are ones that I would say I try to follow but, whatever, here are Mrs. Armstrong's commandments.


1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for most things we fear never come to pass.

3. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

4. Thou shalt face each problem as it comes. You can handle only one at a time anyway.

5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you for they make very poor bedfellows.

6. Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can take better care of them than you can.

7. Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill - it is gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today.

8. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

9. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It's very hard to learn something new when you're talking.

10. Thou shalt not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and it will only interfere with positive action.

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