Why it is never too late to plan your life?


Of all living things, only human are planners.

Brainless, sightless vegetation does not plan.

Animals are governed by instinct.

If they build nests or dens for their young to be born in, it is only because instinct moves them to do it.

Only humans think seriously about the future, concerned with it and works toward it.

And humans alone have a purpose above and beyond merely sustaining life and procreating.

They have dreams, ideals, goals that they seek to realize.

Human’s abilities and potential surpass those of the animals a thousandfold and more.

To realize their purposes humans needs time, and that is why they alone of earth’s living things are consciously concerned with time.

Tortoises and trees have no interest in watches or calendars.

How far into the future do your plans go? What do you hope to accomplish during your lifetime?

Do you personally feel that your capabilities are being used to the full or will ever be?

How many things are there that you would like to do, that you feel you are capable of doing—if you had the time?

Perhaps you would like to develop some talent, in music, the arts, literature or languages, or learn something about woodworking, mechanics, designing or architecture, or engage in studies in history, biology, astronomy or mathematics, or take up the cultivation of certain plants or the breeding of animals, birds or fish.

Or possibly you would like to travel, to see new lands, get to know people of many places, develop new friendships, new outlooks.

Many would like to do, not just one but a number of these things.

Yet, because life is so short, what they actually do is very limited.

The desire is there, nevertheless.

Only the time is lacking.

Use your ability and creativity now

There are so many reasons for desiring a longer life-span.

Yet the idea is commonly held that human ability to accomplish worthwhile things just naturally starts coming to an end after a certain age, thus making a longer life of little value or purpose anyway.

But is it a fact that learning power, thinking ability and creative talent must all fade after a certain point?

No, the evidence is to the contrary.

At the age of ninety-nine Titian, the renowned painter, was still producing splendid works of art with “incomparable steadiness of hand.”

One judge of the U.S. Supreme Court began the study of Greek at the age of ninety.

At eighty-five, orchestral director Arturo Toscanini could still memorize the musical score of an entire opera.

Were these men “finished,” “ready to die” at such advanced age?

If they were, it was certainly not because they were no longer able to produce that which brought enjoyment to themselves and benefit and pleasure to others.

Showing the potential of human learning, Joseph C. Buckley, writing in The Retirement Handbook, says:

The drop in the ability to learn is so gradual that at eighty we still have the learning ability we had at the age of twelve.”

Supporting this are the results from research into the effects of age on mental capacity as reported in the article “Your Mind Improves with Age,” condensed from The American Weekly and printed in Reader’s Digest.

A group of 127 persons who as college freshmen had taken an intelligence test were given the same test more than thirty years later.

Their scores in the later tests were higher not only in general-information quizzes and in practical judgment, but also in tests requiring logic and clear thinking.

In “concept mastery” tests, persons of average intelligence have kept getting higher scores right through their seventies and eighties.

A University of Michigan study showed that memory and ability to learn do not steadily and uniformly decline with age any more than general intelligence.

True, humans could do so much, much more if physical weaknesses and illness did not hinder their productivity, and death did not cause it to cease as soon as it does.

But as the evidence above shows one can develop a certain talent or get real insight into a matter no matter what age you are.

Even if your interest in developing a certain talent or ability—is not so great, what of your interest in others, those you love like family or friends?

Do you feel that you will have done all that you wanted for them by the time your years of life come to a close?

Really, who of us could willingly pick the time—the year and day—when we would like to spend our final hour with our marriage mate, son or daughter, or give them one last kiss?

Could you?

For that matter, when would you like to enjoy together with them for the last time the freshness of a spring day, the golden warmth of summer, the crispness of autumn or the quiet beauty of winter or share your last sunset or sunrise with them?

These are not things you want to think about, are they?

Not if you really love your family and friends.

So care for them now, then you could view with real approval the prospect of death bringing to a complete close your privilege of contributing to their happiness by doing things for them and sharing good things with them.