Years move on in our life and experiences do occur in a heap. Many of the experiences do not, generally, signify anything worthwhile and they just happen. But, most aged men stretch their experiences a bit farther. They love to narrate something that has happened and their audience, many a time, may feel uninterested. Can't the older generation try to moderate its reflections and pay more attention to something of a contemporary significance? Some experiences are remarkable and worth-narrating and are to the benefit of the younger generation. But, there is no accrued significance to some narration, just because it is coming from a man of the yester years.
There is a clear advantage to the mind also in doing physical work. As we involve ourselves in active work, the mind does relax and the tension eases. For example, we can think of doing some household activities, without looking for help from a servant. In this way, we can rest the mind that has been becoming bothersome. There is some strain and exertion to the body, no doubt. But, we have also to look at the positive side of the picture.
The young men derive a good benefit by being more physical. Their physical activity safeguards them more from the onslaught of a chattering mind. Minor difficulties do not touch their mind and they are less sensitive to the marginal discomforts. They do not have any past also to ramble on. They engage themselves in a flurry of activity and they have no time to think upon some happening of the past. The older people can not perform physical work of considerable proportion. But, they can select some activity of their choosing that is less taxing and less straining.
The old people recollect and muse and there seems to be no end to their rambling. If only they can set their mind at tranquility, life for them will be all the more pleasing. They should empty their mind of the reminiscences that cause disturbance. They can surely avert their feeling of deprivation, if they evacuate their minds of imaginary fears.
There is already some feeling of isolation in the old age. If it is allowed to imagine and manufacture unpleasant mental images of such possibilities, which do not normally arise, the older men may become more remote from the main stream and escalate further their feeling of isolation.
As the physical health is important for the old men, so is their mental health. If they subject themselves to a self-imposed exile, the number of imagined enemies may increase and their misery in the old age may be beyond forbearance.
About Author / Additional Info:
The Author is a Retired Principal of a Degree College,Khammam,AP., and he now works as a Guest Lecturer in English at Colleges.He is also a Chief Adviser for shiksha.com. and offers career-counselling.