Posts Tagged ‘ just for sunday ’

JUST FOR SUNDAY: 1/20/13

Jan 19th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The senior excursion to the very popular Barrett Jackson Auction revealed a horde of older persons, particularly men, whose search for meaning continues even yet. There are all kinds of searches that attract us. One just passed by while typing this. It was a Porsche. Others find their satisfaction in meaning and activity in all kinds of pursuits. That’s okay, and as it should be. Meaning is something as crucial to our being as breathing, walking, thinking, finding something to do.

It may also be found in spiritual pursuits. A pastor friend has written a book called “Living the Questions.” It is a desirable and intellectually honest means for exploring spiritual dimensions of living without getting tangled up in literalism. It is a challenge to one’s ability to stretch. We need more of that spiritually,



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/23/12

Dec 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Things won’t unfold as usual this holiday season. For seniors and those of us whose orientation to keep abreast of goings on, we are aware of the huge shift in the national mood over the past number of days.

To assume that things can shift back to some kind of normalcy is to be blinded to the dynamics that have affected and consumed us all. Businesses and every other facet of daily life has been broadly and specifically targeted with the need for reflection, introspection and dissection of what is moving abroad in our land.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/9/12

Dec 9th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Let’s assume you won it. Let’s assume you bought that one lottery ticket that carried with it multi-millions in winning. Let’s assume you aren’t impoverished, but living comfortably in retirement. Let’s assume you are not overcome by sudden wealth. Let’s assume you have family, all of whom are comfortably fixed. Let’s assume your health is reasonably good. Let’s assume you aren’t burdened by debt. Let’s assume you are, by nature, generous and caring.

What would you do if you won multi-millions, with all these assumptions in place, and how would you manage those millions in behalf of your own future?

How would you choose to distribute that great wealth? Who would you consider, as you decided upon your own means for being sure others were remembered? Or would you?

What would be the considerations you would take into account as you determined just how you would spread



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 12/2/12

Dec 2nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is no small task to keep up with all the people, older friends, long time acquaintances whom seniors wish to remember at holiday time. Even with the Internet, it is still possible that they will have slipped between the cracks since last year. Moves, death, disability, choice, misplaced means for contact all contribute to our being absent to people who have long meant much to us. It is an undertaking to identify where they are now, what their life is like, how we are to be in touch with them.

Doing so, however, offers huge reward. Slipping the bonds of contact is not something we do intentionally. It just happens. And with that, we have misplaced a treasure of our life, never to be regained.

Before we are too deep into the holidays, seniors deserve to take the time to do the archeology necessary to uncover means for staying in touch with long time friends. It may require considerable digging. It may mean a minimal investment. It may take some phone calls. But once the discovery is made, the reward is



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 11/18/12

Nov 18th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Pre-election posts on my Facebook page were so interesting, and challenging, to read. My friends, knowing I am a retired social worker and educator, posted many comments that favored providing much-needed assistance to women and children (Jesus referred to them as ‘widows and orphans’.) Other comments supported the progress our country has made in the past four years with universal healthcare, eliminating some major terrorists in the world and hope for college tuition and immigration reform.

Other friends, knowing I am a retired social worker and educator, posted comments totally foreign and alien to my values. They supported the need (?) to protect tax cuts



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 11/11/12

Nov 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In small town or large city, almost anywhere seniors live, there is a multiplicity of activities available every weekend. Most of those activities are generated by small business owners and non profit clubs who give a shot in the arm to their community.

Approaching holidays, no matter what they celebrate the quantity and quality of those events seem to multiply with unanimous participation and energized enthusiasm. It is a worthy thing that communities are blessed with persons who have the dedication, skill and willingness to bring off these festive events.

Wherever you live there are options galore for your own investment of participation, contribution, and



JUST FOR SUNDAY, 11/04/12

Nov 4th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With bad news abounding, there is enormous need for encouragement and uplift in these days approaching the end of the year. Some espouse their peculiar discoveries for inspiration in unusual methods. Others are content to find solace in traditional rituals. Still others seek and seem to find theirs through exotic connections.

Whatever works well for you is worth pursuing. Whatever gives you encouragement and strength in these times of difficulty is to be recommended. When standing in line for gas or food, one needs something to ponder other than the line’s slow movement and the crowd’s growing impatience. When life is blocked by a reality that makes the day feel miserable then is the moment for finding relief and sustenance of the spirit.

This is not just a test, this matter of developing a means for coping, this is life. It is



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 10/28/12

Oct 28th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

All of the warnings and instructions for those who may be in the path of an impending storm are raised in order to protect and prepare the general public. For those not in the path or within several hundred miles of it, preparations will be less demanding. To ignore the severe implications of a large and somewhat unpredictable storm is to demonstrate a stubborn indifference to those who work diligently to keep us out of harm’s way.

The options are clear: make ready; follow instructions of forecasters; enable all in your family or care to be out of the way and far away from the approaching winds and water. While your home may suffer severe damage, having employed your energies in protecting your family and friends is a far more important and



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 10/14/12

Oct 14th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This is Sharon writing for Jerry today. He is bedridden with a horrific sciatica pain shooting down his right leg. This is the result of his choice to continue hauling heavy boxes in from the garage to the room in the house where the items in the boxes will go. I told him to stop carrying heavy boxes, that he would hurt his back and not be able to do anything for days. (Am I nagging?)

He carried some very heavy boxes to the den, where our new computer desks and chairs were put in place. It’s our ‘office’ and a most comfortable one at that. The boxes were full of things that came out of our desks and shelves in the library-den in our previous home. Very heavy stuff. I told him to stop carrying heavy boxes, that he would hurt his back and not be able to do anything for days. (By now, this is definitely in the ‘nagging’ category.)



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 09/23/12

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Good Morning, Seniors. In 7 days we will come to the end of September, another month’s passing and we will be at the threshold of November. A few days beyond that, well, you know.

Knowing and doing are partners. Knowing means awareness. Doing means taking action. With the moon’s phases having gone through its autumnal routine and winter on its way, by November we will be ready to take the next step: action!

Well, maybe. Not so fast now. I have a little more digesting to do. The debates come in there somewhere.