Here’s Another One………….

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Here’s Another One………….

Last week, I had an opportunity to work with a 77 year old (of course, I should say “young”) OFA volunteer, Ms. Lillie. The woman is phenomenal. She was hosting a voter registration drive that she had organized. The 1st shift started at 10:00 a.m.; the last shift ended at 4:00 p.m. The day before, she informed me that she arrives at her sites early so that she can be organized and ready to receive people. Knowing that the shift started at 10:00, I told her that I would get there around 9:15 a.m.to help with set-up. I arrived promptly. Not only was Ms. Lillie there (she arrived at 9:00 a.m.), but she had her table and chairs set up (she brought them with her, leaving nothing to chance); and had one person waiting to be registered. Thinking she would do one shift and leave, she informed me that she would be doing all three shifts. She had brought everything she needed to put in a full day. Ms. Lillie arrived at 9:00 a.m.; and left at 4:00 p.m. As we were preparing to leave, she mentioned that this would give her just enough time to go home, and get ready to attend her next event (a banquet) which started at 6:00 p.m. And, I was thinking, “I need to go home and take a quick nap.”

How about that for a 77 year young woman, with the energy of 3 people?  The key to her energy level? She gave much credit to: her supportive family and friends, her church, her commitment to her community and civic responsibilities, and her diet and exercise regimen. I think that her positive, caring, and giving attitude is a contributing factor. She reminded me of the little energizer bunny that keeps on giving…to her church, her community, her family, and herself. 

Do you know any Ms. Lillies? If you do, please let me hear from you.

5 More Nuggets

A continuation of my nuggets of truth for women who want to age with dignity and confidence. As I compiled these nuggets, my mind kept going back to Ms. Lillie and all of the other superwomen I have mentioned in previous posts. These people reinforce that age is only a number. 

  • Look for the good in others.
    “No matter where you go or what you do, you will find in other people exactly what you are looking for.” – Daisy Saunders
  • Enjoy the simple things.
    “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy; if a blade of grass has power to move you; if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.”  – Eleonora Duse
  • Get regular medical check-ups and make the most of your visits.
    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Unknown
  • Think young.
     “You're never too old to become younger.” – Mae West
  • Stay active and intellectually curious.
    “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Albert Einstein

Send me your nuggets. 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.

Credo for Aging….Passion Drives You

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Credo for Aging….Passion Drives You

Lately, I have been intrigued with the concept of grassroots organizing. What started out as a 2-hour a week volunteer commitment (with Organizing for America- OFA) has now snowballed into many hours a week. Sometimes, it feels like a full time job. Much to learn…much to do…Never enough hours in the day. I have always known what it felt like to be passionate about something. I must admit, however, that for the past few years, I had become complacent and forgotten the feeling.  And, now with my work with OFA, I am remembering. When you are passionate about something, it drives you. Passion keeps you young in body, mind, and spirit. Doing something you are passionate about can transform your life in so many ways. It helps you stay sharp and you tend to not focus on your own woes. You are able to get outside of yourself; and be of service to others.

It’s never too late to find your passion and follow it. It does take some soul searching, reflection, commitment and courage. Courage because it might mean taking some risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone; or doing some things that might not seem appropriate at the time.

This is what grassroots organizing is doing for me. Many days, I am outside of my comfort zone, but I do it anyway. And, for the most part, I do feel that I am making a difference.  

What are you passionate about? What impact has it had or is it having on your life?

5 More Nuggets

A continuation of my nuggets of truth for women who want to age with dignity and confidence. By the way, passion was one of the nuggets I shared in one of my earlier posts.

  • Pray.
    “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Practice gratitude.
    “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
  • Have goals.
    “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
  • Dream big.
    "Dreams come in a size too big so we can grow into them." – Josie Bisset                     
  • Practice forgiveness.
    “To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Alexander Pope

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.