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Blessing or a burden?

Couple enjoys ageingLast month I was at a conference, and one of the headline speakers asked the question, “Do you want to be a blessing or a burden when you get older?

An interesting question, one that would probably be dismissed by the young, contemplated briefly by few adults, and a necessary question as we age. But when is it the right time to ask ourselves this question?

There are very few moments in our hectic lives when we reflect on our health and consider the impact it could have.

  • How able will I be when I get older?
  • What quality of lifestyle will I be able to achieve?
  • Will I be in a state of health, well-being and vibrancy so that I’m a blessing, not a burden, on family and friends?

We often look at health as something we invest in for ourselves – I’ve got to keep ‘myself’ healthy and energetic so ‘I’ can do the things ‘I’ love. However, there’s power in looking ahead not just for ourselves, but for the people we love.

I would suggest the investment for everyone starts now, so that when we ask ourselves that question – am I a blessing or a burden – we can answer it with confidence and certainty.