My husband has a printed copy of this pinned over his work-desk. For everyone getting on in age, these are great reminders of the pitfalls to avoid and some rules to follow to help keep your sanity and the sanity of those around you!!
Almighty God you know that i am growing older..
Keep me from becoming too talkative,
And particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit of
expressing an opinion on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs,
Keep my mind free from recital of endless details,
Give me wings to get straight to the point.
Give me grace, dear God, to listen to others describing their aches and pains,
Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed,
For my own pains and aches are increasing in number and intensity,
And the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally i might be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet.
i do not wish to be a saint, but a sour old person is the work the devil.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody,
Helpful, but not pushy,
Independent, yet able to accept with graciousness
favours that others may wish to bestow on me…
(and of course i say amen to that!!)