I’m honoured to publish an article by Al Weatherhead on how to stay young in heart and mind. Al is chairman and CEO of multi-million dollar company Weatherchem, a private manufacturer of plastic closures for food, spice, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.
He has survived arthritis, heart disease, depression, and alcoholism. At age 84, he is healthy and happily married. He is a proud father and grandfather, and a thoughtful philanthropist. In this article he shares his thoughts on maximising life.
How to stay young in heart and mind
— by Al Weatherhead
I’ll begin by stating an absolute truth: age is a state of mind. You may dismiss my declaration as a cliché, but I’m here to tell you that it’s an invaluable secret.
If you embrace the wisdom at its core, you’ll discover a personal fountain of youth. This will provide you with the physical, spiritual and emotional energy to experience the world with a child’s wonder and delight.
It may sound like a lot to promise, especially if you’re currently in the grip of a serious and chronic illness. But as readers of my book, The Power of Adversity know, I too have struggled to conquer serious illness and regain my youthful vigor.
I’ve endured – and surmounted – terrible arthritis, serious heart disease and major depression. What’s more I’m a recovering alcoholic. Today, at age 84, I’m healthy, and happily married to the woman of my dreams. I’m a proud father and grandfather, CEO of a multi-million dollar company, and a thoughtful philanthropist.
The rules I share with you today on how to stay young at heart and mind have stood the test of time. In fact they’ve helped me beat Father Time and stay young. And they can do the same for you!
Rule #1: Attitude and the Mind – The power of positive imagery
The number one factor to maintaining your youth is to develop a youthful perspective – by keeping a positive mindset.
You will go a long way toward overcoming your adversities when you avail yourself of the power of positive thinking. I know this to be true because it enabled me to control my alcoholism, beat arthritis and accomplish what was once considered impossible: total reversal of heart disease.
Start now to put positive imagery to work for you. One powerful technique to help you do so is to not think when facing a life-challenge: “I have to do it.” Instead, think: “I have it to do.” This will help you take control of your adversity – and your life.
Rule #2: Meditation – The art of letting go
Practice meditation to create and sustain your positive mindset. Our heads are filled with an endless loop of the same thoughts formed over our lives. They drive us to distraction and often plunge us into anxiety. This mental stress and strain becomes physical stress, which greatly contributes to our aging.
Meditation helps alleviate mental stress, short-circuiting the aging process. Far from being a mystical art, meditation is as down to earth and results-oriented as physical exercise. I meditate in the pool, by concentrating on my breathing while swimming laps.
Rule #3: Communication — Articulating the speech of the heart
My rheumatoid arthritis shoved me stumbling along the first few steps of the communication path. Before that bout of suffering, I had barricaded myself from the world. I struggled with the relentless pain, depression and a lack of certainty about the future.
Then I was granted the gift of a lifetime: the opportunity to relearn how to trust others. I also re-learned that trying to get through life alone wears away one’s youth, both inside and out. Reaching out to others will go a long way to help you stay young in heart and mind.
I still revel in going to my office each day to chat with my employees and feel the surge of human connection. I also look forward to opening a letter from one of the many philanthropic causes I support.
And I end each day talking to my beloved wife, Celia. We exchange words and touches, sharing all that has passed between us and anticipating all that is yet to come.
You, too, can recharge and replenish your body, mind and spirit. Take the first steps to maximize your life right now by following these powerful and liberating rules to stay forever young!