A few days ago, I watched a talk show all about anti-aging techniques for the skin. As the show's host, a doctor, gave a checklist, I found myself mentally going through the list, evaluating my own skin.
Wrinkles between the brows? Check.
Wrinkles across the forehead? Check.
Wrinkles between the nose and the mouth? Check.
Lines at the corners of my eyes? Check.
Age spots? Check.
By the time, the show was finished, I was more than a little depressed. I had a perfect score, if perfect meant checking every item on the list.
It set me to thinking, why we, as a society, are so obsessed with aging. Yes, it's great to look good, to feel good. However, when we start feeling bad about ourselves because we show signs of age, maybe it's time to re-evaluate.
I started composing a different kind of checklist:
Did I do something nice for someone today?
Did I thank my Father in Heaven for the blessings He bestows upon me?
Did I remember to thank the people who serve me?
Did I tell someone I love him?
Did I help someone in need?
If we did these things, perhaps we would find our own anti-aging miracle.
So, for today, I am grateful for checklists.