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Nothing works like it used to. I was playing bridge recently with friends, and one of them was nerv-ous when she had to play the hand. She said it bothered her that she couldn’t play it as well as she did in college. Her brain just wouldn’t work like it did back then. I said, “Does anything on your body work like it did when you were in college? And she said, “Well, no.” So, I asked her, “Why do you expect your brain to?” She is a better player than I am, but I don’t worry about that too much. I just like to play because it pushes my brain in a different direction than it is used to going. 

Whether it is playing cards or word games or any learned activity, we cannot expect to do those things like we used to. Some things we may even do better, since we have gained wisdom and un-derstanding along the way. Others, we must hold to a more reasonable standard than in years gone by.   

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