SENIORS: ANTICIPATE THE POSITIVE

Mar 26th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Seniors Focus on Positives

Scheduled for surgery next week, one is prone to wonder:  “What’s next?”  None of us, as we age is immune from the possibilities that confront us as we age.  Visiting with a long time acquaintance the other evening, now in her 90′s, I learned she has been through a rough time over the past year.  She is not the type to dwell on her limitations or physical down turns.  She is the type to report what’s going on, briefly, and to move on to other more provocative subjects, the likes of which have kept her vital and intriguing as she has celebrated her birthdays.

Of course, it is not great fun to be plagued with one or another physical set backs.  Come they do and will.  Our choices remain.  How we decide to manage them, deal with them, and stay in charge remains our challenge. It is so refreshing to experience someone who has clearly chosen to be undeterred by what might be a brooding kind of existence.  There are countless examples of persons who, met with downturns in their own lives, have reached out to find stimulating ways to stay energized.

We were in an audience the other evening, sharing in the satisfaction of reconnecting with persons we had not seen in quite a while.  One had lost her husband, another had lost his job, another had invested in being in the evening’s production and had found “new life and energy.”

The Thrill of Connecting with Old Friends

How thrilling to discover old friends who have found new directions. How satisfying to share in their redefinition of their own lives and the recognition that they don’t have to stay stuck somewhere back there.  How refreshing to be in the presence of persons who are quick to turn the subject to new challenges they are finding.  How utterly joyful not to get caught in the web of despair and depression.  Move on.  Make for a today and a tomorrow that offers the chance to be who you can be.  Let go of that which is inconsolable.  Seize the day!

Doing so puts you in the audience of those who have learned that what ever is in store can be fulfilling, invigorating and  inspiring to yourself and others.



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