I wish someone had told me this when I was in my 20s:
Do not grow old, just grow.

Whatever age you currently are, there is still time to just grow.

As you get older you will not look the same. In fact, if you look at your parents and grandparents you will know in what direction your body and face will be heading.

Split Personalities
I had two grandmothers with totally different personalities and approaches to life: one was extremely fat, homely and totally a homemaker, while the other was slim, lively, energetic and dynamically modern, and worked until she was 85.

Mental Magic
Both grandmothers are my role models. The can-do spirit of one combined with the comforting nature of the other. And when you analyze what I am taking from and emulating from their lives: it is their mental approach. The can-do spirit combined with a comforting nature.

While some of the physical side effects of ageing may be inevitable, your mental approach to life really does not have to go the same way.

Younger than Springtime
Mental processes do not age in the same way and do not have to age in the same way.

Spurts of Growth
Indeed, if you are approaching life from the growing more point of view, you become more. You become more knowledgeable, wiser and experienced. If we focus on just growing, then I think we will have a much better life.

Henry Ford is quoted as saying: Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80.

Continual Growth
To grasp the concept of continual growth there are two parts to us. The outward physical manifestation and the inner thinking part of us. Of course, the two are interrelated, but also they have separate existences.

Separate Enhancement
Use the separateness to enhance your life, because really the body is just an outer coating. The interrelation comes because we use our body to carry out our daily functions, so to that extent we do need to keep it as healthy as possible, but whether it has baby-soft skin or looks like a wrinkled-up prune, that should not affect what we achieve in this life and should continue to achieve.

I grew up in England, part of the United Kingdom.

Throughout Britain mighty oak trees grow. When you roam the countryside in the summer months, you cannot but come across acorns. I used to pick them up and then look at the mighty oak and be amazed at the wonder of the adage: From little acorns great oaks grow.

The adage has a number of meanings, but what works for me is the thought that our ideas can grow to be great things, that our mind can achieve great things when we let ourselves grow.

So just as the oak keeps growing and, there are some oaks that are more than a 1,000 years old, we too can keep growing if we keep fueling our growth with great ideas.

Forever Growing Blessing
B: Believe your ideas can grow to be great things, that your mind can achieve great things when you let yourself grow.
L: Life from the growing point of view lets you become more: experienced, knowledgeable and wiser. Learning is key to staying mentally young.
E: Enhance your life with the energizing thought, belief and strategy that growing mentally is easy-peasy.
S: Spirit rules our minds and is eternal, so get the spirit of can-do working for you. Spirit of can-do propels you with greater energy, verve, enthusiasm and motivation.
S: Still there is time to grow, so use time to your advantage and grow. Spurts of growth can happen at any age.
I: Let yourself grow and watch your mind achieve great things.
N: Never grow old in thinking, just grow.
G: Grow, grow and grow some more. Growing and growth should be our key focus. Grow by fueling your growth with great ideas and plans of action.

Author's Bio: 

I am an English specialist with I CAN READ. I have worked for major British institutions: British Council, British High Commission, British Railways Board and Linguaphone. I am a London-trained lawyer and have been the public affairs officer at the British High Commission, Singapore, as well as an editor in an international book publishing house and a national magazine. I am also co-author of two law books: English Legal System and Company Law, published by Blackstone, Oxford University Press. I am an Ambassador of Peace (Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace). Connect: Email susanmckenzie2003@yahoo.co.uk http://sg.linkedin.com/in/susanmckenzie https://twitter.com/#!/abetoday http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-Su-McKenzie-English-Expert-Total-L...