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REASONS LIFE IS GOOD

Jun 25th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

My spouse, Sharon, inquired of me the other morning, “What are you going to be happy about today?” To which I replied “Everything.” Not a bad question. Not an inappropriate answer. Every single day offers the opportunity to be confronted with this query. Every time it is asked there should be a ready answer waiting.

If one chooses to deal authentically with the answer, the likelihood is that the day’s contents will be full of satisfying experiences.

Here are some of the reasons, in the face of all else confronting our day to day travels, that life is and can be good:



NOW IS ENOUGH

Nov 27th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Working out an agreement with everyday opportunity is like making a major purchase. Everyday offers a new bargain, a chance to live it or dread it, an occasion to invest ourselves in whatever comes. Unless your disposition works against you, the day ahead is like a bank account full of money. You may spend it as you wish. You can’t invest it, because tomorrow it will be gone. You can’t give it to someone else, they have their own. You can’t horde it, time is fleeting and slips by suddenly and without warning.

So today, now is enough. It offers time to do whatever we feel like doing. It lends to us the very essence of what life is all about. And, do not doubt it, it is a loan. For there is nothing we can do with it that will preserve it beyond the contributions we make by spending it lavishly and well on doing and being and caring and living out a life of purpose and fulfillment now.



IT’S A GOOD MORNING TO…

Nov 15th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Be it therefore resolved that this day is a good morning to BE ALIVE! It is a good morning for awakening to new pursuits, to quelling long held frustrations, to quitting bad habits, to taking care of yourself, to being a person others enjoy, to eating healthy foods, to cultivating a clear mind and encourage a good conscience, to be thankful for all the wonderful gifts of living, to affirm others who mean so much to you, to stand for truth, right, justice, fairness and a world of joy, to be in the game full force and ready to make a difference, to do things you have put off too long, to lift up someone who has fallen, to stand beside someone who needs you, to inspire others with a smile, a kind word, a gentle touch, a friendly nod.

If all this isn’t enough for you to have a good day, perhaps you can make your own list, not leaving out an emphasis on cultivating your own spirit, nor forgetting to enjoin the spirit of another.



KEEPING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR

Nov 12th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It’s never too late to cultivate and encourage your sense of humor. That is one of the dispositions that gives us reason to be every day. Finding humor in so many aspects of life enables a view of life that encourages good health, a sane spirit, an attitudinal perception of day to day living that makes it all worth it.

In the face of so much downside stuff in these past months, an election of negatives, storms of overwhelming proportions, mean world leaders goading each other about possible war, expensive prices on ordinary stuff, it is no wonder having a sense of humor becomes something of a challenge.

Probably, it is worthwhile to sort out all kinds of sources for humor. My



SENIORS: DECISIONS AND CHOICES

Jul 22nd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Making Choices is the Key Senior citizens living on fixed incomes have the key to happiness in retirement in their hands.  They just may not know it.  Happiness is all about making choices. We choose to be happy, or we choose something else.  Retired or not, life is really quite simple.  Consider this… Alice is [...]



A MORNING FIT FOR A RETIREE

May 24th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Most days, where we live, are strikingly beautiful, full of sunshine, cool air, until around early afternoon, days filled with opportunity and pleasure. If you are fortunate enough to live in a similar location, you know that such mornings are gifts beyond measure. If you are also freed from major responsibility of groundskeeping and other chores that come with home ownership, you are twice blessed.

Retirement for many brings with it the multiple rewards of having numerous choices for the enjoyment of daily living and the fulfillment of a life aimed at arriving at just such a place.

Travel, for some, is the routine that allows for exploring the world and going places only previously dreamed of.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 2/12/12

Feb 12th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some of the pieces we choose to use on Just for Sunday are from the earlier days of the Internet. They came by emails, there was no such thing as Facebook or YouTube, et al. They were sent selectively by friends who found the piece inviting, uplifting, inspiring. So, I kept a hard copy, for fear they would lose their way in the nether land of the Internet and computer crashes. I am glad I did. For they offer now insights and invitation for sympathetic thought and deep stirrings of the soul and heart. I hope you find this one just that sort of read. I have no trace of the original author, and for that I apologize.
I CHOOSE

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive.