Posts Tagged ‘ calm ’

EXPERIENCING THE CALM OF AN EARLY MORNING

Nov 8th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Doe, a deer, a female deer, and two of her family casually saunter among the acorns in our side yard. Mother and one of her offspring gently tease each other as they continue their search. It is a scene bathed in early morning sunlight, as the long winter shadows alternately shade and hide them. A squirrel frolics among their long legs, competing for the same acorns they seek. The sunlight acts as if it is a strobe flood light picking out now and again the deer as they cross from shadow to light.

This is the morning’s gift. It is worthy of pause and hesitation to simply sit, enjoying what nature has wrought right at our doorstep. There is no hunter to invade or interrupt this pastoral scene. There are no hawks to threaten the tiny squirrel. There is only the presence of those going about their morning rituals.



SENIORS: IN SPITE OF IT ALL

Aug 16th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In spite of everything, the economy, the long and drawn out wars, the upheaval in the stock market, the numbers of unemployed, the empty shelves at food banks, the inability of politicians to be creatively engaged in problem solving, the rancor and malice so widely shared and expressed, the numbers of younger people facing the dismal prospects of job hunting, the fears of seniors as our survival is threatened, international turmoil and unrest (can the list get any longer), seniors are still attempting to maintain a semblance of reason, hope and calm.

Hard to do? No question. But the alternative, that is to join in the fray, is certainly not desirable or helpful. Even with unsettling weather patterns and the soon to be unfortunate attention being paid on the upcoming election, it will be ours to choose to head off despair. Settling in to a state of mind that sees everything negatively, no matter the temptation, is a