There are only a few times in our lives when all of our troubles fade into the background and we experience true happiness. Some of these moments are “big” – seeing our grandchild for the first time, accomplishing something significant, or getting married.
What does it mean to connect with someone? These days, it seems like communication has been reduced to quick emails and even briefer Facebook posts. I can’t remember the last time I received a handwritten card or letter. Can you?
Do you remember your first job? Whether it was waitressing or babysitting, office work or picking blueberries, you probably thought it was just a means to an end. It was a way to get a little extra money for clothes, makeup and other “things” that seemed so important at the time.
At our age, we think we should have what we want. I got a new car. I wanted leather seats, but I didn’t get them (more on that below).
We all know the trick to life is wanting what you have. It’s been quite a lesson to figure out what are the things I need, versus what I think I need. How do you stay in that zone of being happy with what you have?
As we get a little older, we start to realize that we have fewer years ahead of us than behind. In many ways, this new perspective helps us see life in a different, more meaningful, way.
When Louis Armstrong sang, “When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you,” he probably didn’t expect that scientists would one day back up his claim. Well, according to several new studies, Armstrong’s was right on the money – and this has big implications for people who want to make friends as an adult.
Everything in our life changes as we age and start on the journey of our last chapter in life. We have to pay more attention to what we eat, our exercise, our daily life and even our thoughts.
One of the things I’ve noticed about getting older is my tendency to try and keep things neat and predictable. I often long for a life that requires few changes and gives me plenty of time to control my own environment. I get it that this is a pipe dream, but it’s also not what’s really best for me.
There’s a tract of wooded land not far from my son’s old high school. I find it simply magical. Right on the edge of the suburbs, it offers deep forest, limestone cliffs, ferns, moss, lichen and forest creatures.