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How Can I Be 50, When I Still Feel 25?

Where did the years go? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was considered the youngster in the crowd and everyone else was old? Somehow the years moved along and now I have a 25 year old daughter who considers me the old fogey.

I tell her that age is just a number, because I don’t feel my 50+ years. I’m still vital and forward thinking, looking to the future with excitement and passion. I don’t plan to have that change any time soon. In fact, Hale Dwoksin, author of The Sedona Method, states ,“The best way to embrace your age is to look inside and notice that at your core what you are is ageless.… CONTINUE READING

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Practice Uncommon Appreciation

Jack Canfield, author of the billion dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul and world renowned Success Coach, once wrote about appreciation by putting it this way:
“If asked, could you name the five wealthiest people in the world, or five people who have won the Nobel Prize, or the last five Academy Award winners for best actor and actress? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. When the applause dies, the awards tarnish, and achievements are forgotten; no one cares about who won which award.

But if I asked you to list five teachers or mentors who believed in you and encouraged you, five friends who have helped you through a difficult time, five people who have taught you something worthwhile, or five people who have made you feel appreciated and special – that’s much easier to do, isn’t it?… CONTINUE READING

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The Empty-Ness Syndrome: Estranged Family Ties

You’ve all heard about the Empty Nest Syndrome, when children go off to college to embark on their exciting adventure away from you. The empty, dismal feeling of having to fill your days with things other than daily parenting could be depressing and lonely, for some. But the weekly phone calls mean the world to you, knowing that the kids are doing well and are happy. However, what happens when your grown children are living their lives and you’re not part of it? For whatever reason (an argument, geographic distance, in-law difficulties, etc), you are now left out of their lives, and feeling a huge void and/or loss.… CONTINUE READING

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It’s All in the Attitude

Are you able to handle the trials and tribulations of life with effective coping skills that reduce your distress? Some people can–because it’s all in the attitude.

The best example of this happened to my daughter, Nicole, age 25, just this week. As she was walking to her car in the parking lot, a little old lady approached her and asked if she could do her a major favor. Nicole, of course, was somewhat cautious and hesitated, but thought the woman looked harmless (She was about 4’ 11” compared to Nicole at 5’ 9”). Nicole asked what she could do. It seems that the woman missed her bus after leaving a doctor’s appointment and needed a ride to the next bus stop.… CONTINUE READING

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Quality of Life and Optimism

We, baby boomers, sometimes become jaded because we’ve been through so much. However, it’s important to realize that the same attention we pay to negative things can be better spent refocusing our thoughts on the positive. There is no point holding on to negative images when they only create more self-doubt, guilt and suffering in our lives. Can we let it go, allowing ourselves to move in the direction of love, compassion and forgiveness? Positive people are able to maintain their focus no matter what the circumstance or situation. They stay optimistic by creating personal stepping stones to help get them past their occasional stumbling blocks.… CONTINUE READING

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