I’ve something to say to you older folks, and you young folks listen too,
For what I’m about to say, will some day apply to you.
I know that some of you older folks are happily retired,
And have no ties to bind you, and work is no longer required.
So you’re sitting around in idleness, each day becomes a bore,
You’re beginning to start thinking, there’s nothing worth living for.
You’d like to be in some business, but think it’s too late to begin,
Well, I’ll tell you about a business, that all of you can be in.
Be in the business of staying young, make staying young a career,
Don’t live in the past; plan a future: look forward to each added year.
Don’t sit around and sigh, and let the world pass you by,
Get with it, and stay with it, all you have to do is to try.
Be willing to forget yourself, for at least once in awhile,
Place yourself second, and cause someone else to smile.
Kindness pays a thousand fold, this fact is more than true,
Try doing a favor here and there, and it will work for you.
Be willing to admit mistakes, humility is always grand,
The humble people are the ones that need a helping hand.