Practicing Wellness

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Practicing Wellness

 “You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.” –Wayne Dyer

Many of my friends have either had a knee or hip replaced (or both); or they are waiting for Medicare to kick in so that they can get it done. It seems as though the experience of having a knee or hip replaced is some kind of badge of honor. Some even post it on their Facebook page. Of course, I often wonder how many hip and knee replacements could have been delayed or even avoided if practicing wellness had been high on their list of priorities. 

I don’t believe that one can practice wellness without, first, having some understanding of what wellness means and how it’s practiced. Wellness means creating health in order to prevent sickness. 

We create health by consistently and regularly engaging in those activities, skills and behaviors that contributes to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. This might include: exercising, journaling, praying, meditating, eating consciously, forgiving, listening, to name a few. 

To stay well, you must approach wellness as you would approach playing tennis, singing, acting or playing a musical instrument.  No matter how good you are, you’re never 100%; there is always room for improvement. That’s the way it is with health. Because we are human, we can never stop practicing because once we do, we slip. Think about a golfer, tennis player, dancer or a musician who does not practice on a regular basis, what happens?  They slip and some even lose it completely. 

Practice makes perfect. While that may be true to a certain extent, it’s more accurate to say, “practice makes permanent”.  For wellness habits to become a permanent part of your life and for you to improve, those habits must be practiced on a daily basis. It’s never too late to start practicing. 

Do you practice wellness? If yes, what activities do you engage in to stay well? 

Using Quotes

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Using Quotes

“I love quotations because it’s a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”                - Marlene Dietrich

Last week, I posted fifteen of my favorite quotes about aging. I neglected to tell you what quotes do and how I use them. Firstly, quotes can inspire, motivate, and brighten your day.  I maintain a notebook of quotes. As a matter of fact, I even wrote a pamphlet, titled 100 Quotes to Inspire Possibility Thinking (downloadable free from this site).

Now, how I use them. When I am feeling a bit sorry for myself; or thinking about all the things I did (and can no longer do), should or shouldn’t have done “back in the day”, I reflect on my quotes. Instantly, I am inspired, motivated, and my day looks brighter.

As a speaker and workshop/seminar leader, rarely do I make a presentation without including one or more profound quotes. I love interjecting quotes in my talks. They make me sound smarter and more knowledgeable. As I write about quotes, I am reminded of one by the Latin author, Julio Cortazar: “In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”

My quotes always speak for themselves; no commentary is needed. I hope last week’s quotes resonate with you as much as they do with me. So, go back and reflect.

Again, do you have a favorite quote about aging? If yes, please share it with me in the comments section.