As we age, it is easy to focus on things we can no longer do, and thus enter a downward spiral ending in depression and despair. When you find this is happening to you, here is a simple exercise to help you reverse that downward spiral and turn it into an upward spiral toward the life you always wanted.
One of the ways I describe reFirement is..
a process by which one is continuously learning something new in the moment and not just repeating old patterns.
I recently had an opportunity to reflect on just how powerful that learning can be. And it had to do with how I want to be when people try to help me.
Because it marks an ending. And life is full of endings:
How we deal with all these endings paves the way forward to a fuller, more satisfying, and joyful life.
The toxic view is a curved line shaped like a bell. It starts to the left and moves to the right representing age. The curve rises and falls representing an increase or decrease in our powers. It depicts what popular culture considers four basic stages of life:
Dawn Wain was told that she was universally allergic. But she started to collect things of nature – little stones, shells, and sticks, and twigs – and started making things out of them. She says
They got me to see how beautiful they were, and just like people, all different.
Surrounded by more than twenty boxes of books collected from members of the UCC Church on the Hill in Lenox, Massachusetts, Bob Gardiner reflects on what makes his life worthwhile.
“Doing big picture things.”
…he says as he sorts the books.