Credo for Aging Continued…

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Again, the continuation of my Credo for Aging which is based on my upcoming book, 101 Nuggets of Truth for Women who Want to Age with Dignity and Confidence.

  • Listen.
    “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.” – Max Ehrman 
  • Watch your thoughts.
    “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.”   -Upanishad 
  • Update your look.
    “A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.  – Charles Gordy 
  • Meditate.
    “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”  -Buddha 
  • Don’t believe everything you hear; or everything you tell yourself.
    “Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the lies that have been told to you.”  – Maya Angelou 
  • Be relevant, be helpful, and “do you”.
    “Whether you're winning or losing, it's important to always be yourself. You can't change because of the circumstances around you.--Cotton Fitzsimmons 
  •  Be authentic.
     
    “Living an authentic life requires the ability to be true to our own wants, needs and desires and not live our lives by the opinion of others. Being authentic is the ability to make self-honoring choices and stand firmly in who we are in our core. Being true to ourselves gives us the insight and compassion to see others for who they are, not who we expect them to be. It frees us up from the judgment of ourselves and others and it gives others the freedom to be themselves as well.” – Victoria J. Reynolds 
  • Be enthusiastic.
    “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau 
  • Dance, sing, love
    “Dance as if no one is watching. Sing as if no one is listening. Love as if you have never been hurt.” –Unknown 
  • Drink water.
    “Water is the only drink for a wise man.” –Henry David Thoreau 

If you have some nuggets (or comments) or quotes you would like to share, I welcome them. As always, I am open and receptive to anything you have to say.  Still, I am looking for women who are aging gracefully (with dignity and confidence). 

Credo for Aging Continued

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Last week, I didn’t post because I was mentally preparing to run the St. Petersburg Inaugural Rock n Roll Half Marathon. This one required a lot of preparation, meditation, and medication. My right hip hadn’t fully recovered from my November 5th race. But, I was determined to run it. As a result, it was the longest and most painful run I have ever done though I still had a 2:49:08 finish time. The lessons: 1) Will power and a strong body can take you a long way…mind over matter, and 2) Listen to your body; and when it says rest…..REST.

Now, the continuation of my Credo for Aging… Again, the series is based on my upcoming book, 101 Nuggets of Truth for Women who Want to Age with Dignity and Confidence.

  • Be resilient.
    “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bern Williams 
  • Have some diversity in your life.
    “Variety is the spice of life. – American Proverbs 
  • Be compassionate.
    “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield 
  •  Embrace imperfection.
    “Only the gods are considered capable of producing anything perfect. Whenever something is made, a flaw is left on purpose so the gods will not be offended.”– Malaysian Culture 
  • Be appreciative.
    “Appreciation is the strongest, purest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything.” – Unknown 

There are many more nuggets to come. Meanwhile, if you have some nuggets (or comments) you would like to share, I welcome them. As always, I am open and receptive to anything you have to say. 

THIS WEEK’S SUPERWOMEN 

This week, I have some superwomen … an entire dancing/singing troupe… made up of senior citizens where the average age is between 72 and 75. The event: The Fab Follies 14th Season Production of The Best of Times. The ensemble consisted of 26 seniors where the average age was between 72 and 75, I think. It may have been older. I don’t know. All I know is this: these women and men were amazing. They moved like 30 year olds. The costumes were fabulous. You would have had to see the show to believe it. It was like watching a Broadway musical. Rather than talk about it, I’ll just show you a few photos I captured. 

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Credo for Aging Continued

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Another continuation of my Credo for Aging… Again, the series is based on my upcoming book, 101 Nuggets of Truth for Women who Want to Age with Dignity and Confidence.

  • Be passionate about something.
    “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.”-- Mary Lou Retton 
  • Live with purpose.
    “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne 
  • Be willing to look at your faults.
    “Until I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues.” – Hugh Prather
  • Be change-friendly.
    “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin 
  • Strive for optimum health.
    ”He who has health has hope. And, he who has hope has everything.” –Arabian Proverb            

There are many more nuggets to come. Meanwhile, if you have some nuggets (or comments) you would like to share, I welcome them. As always, I am open and receptive to anything you have to say. 

THIS WEEK’S SUPERWOMAN 

Sometimes I write about women I know and other times I write about women I have only read about. This week, I am introducing you to a woman I read about while browsing the February issue of the AAA Going Places newsletter. I ran across an article by Nick Ferry entitled, Where Do You See Yourself in 50 Years? In the article, he posed two questions: What were you doing 50 years ago and were you even born yet? He concluded that whatever we were doing, most of us had moved on to something else. Not Bernice Bates. Fifty-one years ago Bernice started teaching yoga. Today, at the ripe old age of 91, she is still a practicing yoga instructor. In fact, as of 2011, she holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest yoga instructor. Bernice teaches a weekly yoga class, leading stretches and poses that many twenty-something year olds can’t do.  Take a look.

Can you do this? I know I can’t.

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Reading about Bernice inspires and reminds me that age is just a number; an issue of mind over matter. To learn more about her, just google her. She has been profiled in numerous newspapers, magazines, and health publications.

What were you doing 50 years ago? Were you even born yet? Let me hear from you.