Those “Good Ol’ Days”

A popular joke goes like this: A former athlete (teacher, preacher, coach, etc.) laughingly says, "The older I get, the better I was!" There's more truth than fiction in that statement and, in a way, that's good. It certainly indicates the person is looking back and thinking of the good things instead of the negatives of life. That kind of attitude will ensure not only a longer life, but a happier and healthier one to boot! Realistically speaking, many of our memories about the "good ol' days" do not deal with facts. In those "good ol' days" of a hundred fifty years ago, life expectancy was approximately 40 years. Today it is nearly seventy. When I was a youngster, polio was the scourge of the day. Every parent feared polio when they sent their son or daughter outside to play during the hot summer months. Today, thanks to the vaccine, polio is rare.

Today in America, over 80% of millionaires are first-generation millionaires. Women are earning respect in the worlds of business, medicine, science, education, athletics, etc., fields that were denied them just a few years ago. In today's America there are more minorities with college educations and in the upper echelon of business than ever before. This is not to suggest that everything is equal, but it does say that we're making progress.

Success has been defined as a journey, not a destination - but we must be headed in the right direction. Despite our problems with crime, welfare, drugs and violence, there are few people who would return to the "good ol' days." Yes, things are better today than they ever have been before. We have problems as a nation, but we are actively seeking solutions. For that reason, "these are the good ol' days." I encourage you to enjoy today and look to the future with optimism and hope, and I will SEE YOU AT THE TOP!


A talented author and speaker, Zig Ziglar has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation. Since 1970, he has traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change. Since 1970, an extensive array of Ziglar audio, video, books, and training manuals have been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government agencies, churches, school districts, prisons, and non-profit associations...

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