The other morning I dashed into the locker room at LPAC after teaching yoga class like I have done two days a week for the last ten years. I ran into a gentleman I see fairly regularly. He’s in his mid sixties if I had to guess and he’s stocky but he’s consistently been there over the years doing his thing.

On this particular morning he said hello. He told me he was doing what he could to “keep this old body moving” to use his words. He spoke in a thick Irish accent which made him even more delightful to me than he already was.  I then responded by saying, “My ex-wife’s grandfather is 105 and still going strong last I heard.” I told him that his secret was to keep moving and that he continued to work in his wood shop and to walk the grounds of his farm. I also told him that I had always been inspired by that 105 year old man’s determination and his focus on the simple things in life.

I went about my normal getting ready for the day rituals and after showering I walked into the steam room for a few minutes of detoxifying sweat. My Irish friend was in there. He looked over at me and said, “105 you say? Are any of his children still alive?” I told him that a number of them were and in fact my ex-wife’s mother was equally inspirational in her activity level as she approached the age of 80. He then turned back to  me and spoke this precious piece of Irish wisdom, “You know to reach 105 you have to understand the most important thing we search for in life…” I asked him what that was and he responded in one word, “Contentment…”

Tonight on a whim I Google searched a name and 105 year’s  old and found a local newspaper story about a most recent birthday gathering. In a brief interview that inspirational man gave a response about how he spends his days. He said this, ““I live every day content enough to eat and get my sleep and do my woodwork. I make my own canes, just to keep busy.”

There it is again that word content. By coincidence I have found myself throwing that word around a lot in the last year or so. I have said things like, “It is easier to look for contentment then it is to look for wealth or fame or popularity.” I’m just lucky that I can even touch that concept even if I can’t practice it successfully all the time.

I continue to be inspired!

Lately I have been working a three sentence affirmation in my meditations. I think it’s time to add a fourth I think it should go something like this…

“I’m content to be who I am!”

How lucky am I for the chance meeting that can happen during the routine of any given day if we are willing to notice? So lucky!


About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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