Posts Tagged ‘ compassion ’

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 7/22/12

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Editor’s Note 07.23.2012: This post is normally replaced with a new one on Monday morning. However, it has received such accolades that we are leaving it up another day. Please consider sharing it with family and friends.

Our mortality and awareness of how near it is came strikingly upon us this weekend. We have been nudged, nay pushed, into a full fledged awareness of how fragile all of life really is. Someone makes a choice, an evil, menacing choice and others’ lives are literally devastated and ruined. Little to be done, at that moment but flee and hope and hide. Some were fortunate, figuratively speaking. For they will never



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 07/8/12

Jul 8th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On a plane returning to Dallas, we were seated in the bulkhead. Our seat mate was a young man about ten years old. It was obvious there was a trace of anxiety and sadness in the air. It appeared he was making his way to be with a parent for part of his summer vacation. Clearly, he was not happy and his disposition suggested his reluctance to make the trip.

During a brief lay over, the flight attendant for the front of the plane picked up on the young man’s discontent. Before the passengers boarded, she wisely and gently herded him off the plane for what, I’m guessing, was a grandmotherly talk. After some minutes they returned to the plane, he took his seat and seemed to be more settled, less tense.

During the second leg of the trip, the attendant found opportunity to check him out, to determine how he was doing. She stepped



SENIORS: SORTING THROUGH THE DEBRIS

Mar 5th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are one of those who has been hit by the huge and unforgiving storms of the last several days, you are not likely reading this column today. Your household has been totally devastated. Your heart is broken. Your life is in shambles. Your family, hopefully, will have survived. For those who lost loved ones, it is a hurt beyond words.

Everything in and about your life has been tragically and terribly altered. It is impossible to make sense of it. Neighbors, like you, wander through the field of disaster in a daze. An old man clutches his pet and cries. A child is the only member of her family left alive. Every school in one town is in total disrepair. There is nothing but litter and pieces and parts scattered everywhere. With the deluge of stuff in mounds everywhere, there is not much hope, not much promise.



AS WE AGE: A BRIEF FOR COMPOSURE AND KINDNESS

Feb 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The tops of the trees catch the early morning sun as it makes its way from east to west. The grounds below are covered with leaves, allowing a comfortable bed for squirrels and other critters as they search out their morning meal. The air is bitter, the first signs of winter this late in the year. Prospects of snow or sleet are suggested before day’s end. It is a reminder that seasons come and seasons go, no matter the changes in climate we experience now.

There are no disruptions to disturb or dissuade the day from moving on at its deliberate pace. It is quiet here. It is alone, but not lonely. It is pristine, free from the interruptions of hassle. It is the sort of place most long for, even for brief respites. Calm is a balm and a salve and a cure. It lets us realize that there doesn’t have to be heartache and hurt. Days don’t have to be stressful. Inviting the serenity of another day gives us opportunity to recognize that we are the ones who create the landscape of our mornings. We are



IMPORTANT ISSUES AS WE AGE

Feb 7th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Aging brings with it realization. Realization is an awakening. An awakening helps us to sort out just who we are as we count down the years. Defining who we are means that we can look at ourselves, inwardly and outwardly, to determine if we draw satisfaction with that person we call I or me.

Among the important issues that bear scrutiny are these few. Numerous others obviously emerge and tempt our recognition. A lot of them certainly are worthy of more than a scant evaluation. .

Choosing to allow integrity to have more sway in my life than lack of it.



SENIORS: ONE THING YOU CAN DO

Jan 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If you are caught wondering what it is you can do that demonstrates compassion and offers a means for service to others, here are twelve suggestions.

1. Recognize that you can do something. Create a special ONCE A MONTH calendar. On this calendar post one thing you can do to be helpful to others.

For example: January: Offer your services to your local food bank, providing pick up of food goods from grocery and other stores who are willing to make sizable donations. Identify persons/families who need the food. Connect the two.



BOOMERS: HOW ARE THINGS GOING SO FAR?

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For Boomers who are still adjusting to the thrill of retirement and the flood of surprises, joys, tribulations and terrific opportunities that come with it, you may need to take a few moments to explore “how things are going so far?”

I must confess to some jealously toward you and your ilk. I was not born after WW2, but during it. Those times shaped me immeasurably. Because it was a time for sacrifice and loyalty and patriotism of a kind, not seen or experienced since, all of that worked its way into influencing who I have become. Now, however, we are on a more equal footing. We are retired, and coming with that have been some startling and unexpected downturns that are working on our world view, our economic reality, our cultural experience, our political mind set.



SENIORS: PINCHING PENNIES AND SPREADING COMPASSION

Aug 17th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Those who dabble in the study and analysis of economics suggest that spending is the best way out of our current economic dilemma are probably right. History and economics has demonstrated that holding back usually creates a self fulfilling prophecy. The less we spend, as a nation, the slower our growth. The classic example of getting out of the crisis of the 1930′s was by spending our way out. A major war stimulated the economy in a major way, of course. That doesn’t seem to be working this time.

So when seniors begin cutting back, as do others, on spending and delaying purchases, the economy spirals down. While some in the upper atmosphere who enjoy limitless wealth continue their spending, it doesn’t seem to contribute to improvement in the overall shape of things. Trickle down needs to be more of a flood. With unemployment at 9.1% (and