Posts Tagged ‘ serenity ’

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



JUST FOR SUNDAYS: A MOMENT FOR REFLECTION

Aug 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It is so easy to let life take over. It is so easy to give in to the moment when demands and agendas and frustrations seem to be guiding us in what we do with ourselves. It is so easy to overlook taking our time, making our moment count, letting the spirit invade, giving over to the calm and reflective.

What we need, at least once in a while, is a chance to surrender. What we need is an opportunity to permit our being to be guided by thoughts that have nothing to do with the bombardments of daily life and living. What we need, if we are to be invaded at all, is to be invaded by meditative calm, a placid letting go, an undisturbed season, when we are totally and completely at peace.



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



Seniors: What Happened to Serenity?

Apr 28th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A formula for serenity was offered up long years ago. There are various historical theories as to its origins. Most know it, at least that portion of it that speaks of the elusive serenity we all desire. Some can quote it. Others at least know where to find it in order to call upon it in not so serene times.

For those who wish to have it quickly available, I offer its inspiration here:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;