Last week, I took a break from my nuggets to share another superwoman story. This week, they are back. Again, these nuggets are based on my upcoming book, 101 Nuggets of Truth for Women who Want to Age with Dignity and Confidence.
- Let go of things, people, values that no longer serve you.
“Life is too short to cling to values that no longer serve me.” – Unknown
- Be playful.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." -George Bernard Shaw
- Learn a new skill or a hobby.
“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.” – Phyllis McGinley
- Keep an open mind.
“When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day.” -Marty Bucella
- Treat each day as if it’s the best and last day of your life.
”You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.” – Harriet Martineau
- Step outside of your comfort zone.
“Whatever you do, take one more step out of your comfort zone.” – Jackie Hudson
- Pay no attention to what others think of you or say about you.
“At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all.”
“What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines who we are.” – Abigail Van Buren
- Mind your money.
“Money is one of the most important subjects of your entire life. Some of life's greatest enjoyments and most of life's greatest disappointments stem from your decisions about money. Whether you experience great peace of mind or constant anxiety will depend on getting your finances under control.” – Robert G. Allen
- Be mindful of everything.
“Mindfulness isn't difficult; we just need to remember to do it.” –Sharon Salzberg
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. And, I am still looking for women who are aging gracefully (with dignity and confidence). Let me hear from you.
This week I am taking a break from my nuggets so that I can share another super woman story.
My friends know that I am always looking for stories of powerful non-celebrity women. This one was sent to me in an email. It underscores my nugget: Be passionate about something.
Passion keeps you young in body, mind, and spirit. If you don’t believe me, just ask Margaret Dunning, a lifelong car enthusiast; passionate about cars. Ms. Dunning is a 101 year old Michigan woman who still changes the oil and spark plugs in her beloved 1930 automobile. In her collection is a 1930 Packard 740 roadster, which she has owned (and still drives) since 1940. I said automobile instead of car because I am sure you agree with me when I say: “a 1930 Packard 740 roadster is more than a car. A Volkswagen is a car; a 1930 Packard 740 roadster is an automobile.” This vehicle is pretty cool. (See below)
To see a video of this fascinating woman, Google her. An article also appeared in the July 8, 2011, edition of the New York Times.No doubt, her love of cars has kept her young in body, mind, and spirit. What are you passionate about? If you run across an interesting woman, I would love to hear from you.
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.
- Protect your skin from prolonged exposure in the sun.
“Let the sun shine.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Journaling makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something about myself, become a better person. Journaling to me is Bliss!" – Marilyn Schott
- Protect your mind.
“When you get up in the morning, just as you clothe your body to go out to meet the elements (weather), you clothe your mind. You clothe your mind by feeding it positive talk which results in positive thoughts”. – Norman Vincent Peale
- Feed your mind as well as your body.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha
- Live in the present…not the past.
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present." – Babatunde Olatunji
“When we connect, it doesn’t just make us feel better; it makes us do better.” – Keith Harrell
- Be positive.
”The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.”
– William James
- Love yourself.
“I don’t like myself. I am crazy about myself.” – Mae West
“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley
- Give thanks.
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhardt
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. And, I am looking for women who are aging gracefully (with dignity and confidence).