There’s a lot of attention being paid these days to the angst of thirtysomething associates who fear the loss of their jobs.
So it was nice to read about 101-year old Jack Borden http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/09/28/older.workers/index.html who has been practicing in Weatherford, TX, for more than 70 years.
He still spends about 40 hours a week handling estate planning, probate and real estate matters, taking a mid-day break for a rest. He practices with his nephew and doesn’t figure he’d last long were he to retire.
“As long as a you are capable, you ought to use what God gave you,” he said. “He left me here for a reason, and with enough of a mind to do what it is I’m supposed to be doing,”
He finds work energizing. “I have to use a walker because of old age, so there’s not much else I could do except sit in my house. Why do that when I can not only enjoy life, but help some people?”
He was recently honored as America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2009. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/DN-oldestworker_05met.ART.State.Edition2.4bffaa0.html
The charming video is on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlXmz4LKZTA
He particularly enjoys that he can help people who can’t afford an attorney, and has helped people who needed wills probated, paying court costs from his own pocket. “They say a man with one friend is a millionaire,” he says, noting that makes him richer than the national debt, “and that’s $2 trillion.”