Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.
I had a super morning yesterday. I attended a workshop for retirees who are dedicated to making the best of the years ahead. It was great to hear these good people excitedly share how they have added meaning to what for some is the best years of their lives.
One of the most significant things I heard from them was how important it is to just get out and do things. They understand that as their openness to new things takes them to new places they sometimes stumble and discover that they would rather do something else, but the great thing is they know that is OK. Once we understand that we are free to be ourselves and that we really don’t have to take our selves too seriously by trying to impress others magic things can happen. Many reported that they did things they never thought they would or even in some cases thought they could.
A gal who was part of my discussion group talked about the joy of being able to do whatever she wanted to do these days. When she left the business world she got into dance and singing and became so proficient that she was given the lead in a musical comedy. The joy she has found lingers every day, she absolutely sparkles.
One of the best rewards I got out of my day yesterday was the chance to make three new friends. We are going to keep in touch, share our adventures and who knows maybe even do some neat stuff together. Some of those who were there had pretty significant physical limitations but there was no limit to their enthusiasm, they might not be able to do some things but there is so much that they can do that they get plenty of enjoyment out of their days.
I have added below some suggestions from Wikipedia on how each of us can also make the best of our days. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until you retire to start having fun.
Think positively and remain calm.
In the 1950’s the type A and B personality theory came out, stating that high strung, pessimistic attitudes can lead to coronary heart disease and other maladies.
It is scientifically proven that physical health, and cardiovascular activity has a direct effect on the release of endorphins. When endorphins are released, they transmit messages to the brain that translate into positive feelings.
Spend time with interesting people.
It has been statistically proven that we become that of our company, or in other words, their behavior has a great influence on us. So hanging around with positive people would encourage us to be more positive ourselves.
Get a pet.
Clemson University’s Psychology program found a direct correlation between pet owners and general happiness. Pet owners were also found to live longer, and have lowered blood pressure.
Constant stressful situations, and sometimes stressful times of the year have been proven to cause high blood pressure and health risks, which lower life expectancy and diminish quality of life.
Find a hobby.
Whether you choose stamp collecting or kickboxing, hobbies and extracurricular activities are necessary in the effort to enjoy life. Hard routines are counterproductive to spontanaeity and surprise.
Eating right causes the body to release the proper amount of endorphins in the body during exercise and everyday activity.
Learn new things.
A higher education is proven to bolster confidence and self-esteem.
Friends and social interaction are imperative for happiness and enjoyment.
It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.
A very cheap man was looking for a gift for a friend. Everything was too expensive, except for a broken glass vase which he could purchase for almost nothing. He asked the store to send it, hoping his friend would think it had been broken in transit.
In due time, the man received an acknowledgement from his friend. “Thanks for the vase,” it read. “It was so thoughtful of you to wrap each piece separately.”
“We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them.”
M. Scott Peck
A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday School presentation. His mother, sitting in the front row to prompt him, gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it didn’t help. Her son’s memory was blank.
Finally she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.”
The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud, clear voice said, “My mother is the light of the world.”
from H to O.”
Maria: I fell off a sixty-foot ladder today.
Sue: It’s a miracle you weren’t killed.
Maria: Oh, I only fell off the first rung.
I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.
Q: How many Zen Buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Three. One to change the light bulb, one not to change the light bulb, and one to change AND not change the light bulb.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
In the men’s room at work, the boss placed a sign directly above the sink. It had a single word on it: “Think!”
The next day, when he went to the men’s room, he looked at the sign, and right below it, immediately above the soap dispenser, someone had carefully lettered another sign which read, “Thoap!”
Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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