In the Garden of Your Mind

If you want to grow your garden, you need to water it and nourish it. You should pull out the weeds, so they don’t take over the beauty in sustenance that your flowers and vegetables give you. If you want your garden to be there for you, you need to pay attention to it. Give it what is required to grow.

If you want your ideas and thoughts to grow and your mind to do well, as well as your knowledge, the same is real for it. You must give your mind challenges and expertise. You must Engage those around you both in thought in conversation. If you fail to do so, your mind can atrophy and grow tired and lazy, just like plants that have gone to seed.

As you go through your day, take time to do some things manually rather than just running on automatic. Try to find new ways to do something and learn new facts and exciting ideas. It is not that you’re trying to be smarter than anyone else; you just want to keep your brain active so that the neurons have something to continue lighting up.

Some people lose their thought processes very early in life. Others keep a very sharp mind well into their later years. I wonder how many of these occurrences are because the brain is just not used enough? I believe that if you don’t use something, it whithers and goes away. It would be interesting to run a research report on such findings of memory and brain function.

I try to stay active. I may not be reading the encyclopedia, yet I find exciting things to do.  There are books to read and radio shows, and even radio plays where you get to imagine what the people are doing. I’m a frequent visitor to the library. I like to go to movies, plays, and I’m always interested in new songs.

What do you do for fun? Do you do puzzles? Put together models, go for long walks? Talk with friends or neighbors? All of these are good things to help keep the mind moving forward.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Be Ready

Life is going to throw some good things your way. Unfortunately, you are also going to have some undesired items thrown your way too. You are, though, going to need to know what you really want out of life, so you can react in the right direction towards both the good and the bad.

You are going to need to know what your plans are so that you can react expeditiously. Life will not stick around and wait for you to make a decision. Time is moving forward no matter what you do, and you should be able to react in your best interests. So, the next question I’m sure you’re asking is, “How do I do this?”

You do your best at any point in your life. Know yourself. Know what you like, what you do not, and why.  Know what you have a passion for and what it would take to be good at it.  Good enough to make a living and enjoy the work.  The world will not take time for anyone who is ‘hemming and hawing.’  You need to get out there and do the job.

You can start at any time.  Shirley Temple was an actress as a tot and an ambassador in her latter years.  Grandma Moses was not even discovered for her paintings until she was in her sixties.  Betty White is in her nineties and still going strong.  Their Secret? They did not go home and just sit on the front porch.  They got and stayed active.

If you have given up, you still have two choices you can make right now.  You need to get active, or you need to plan what others might do if you are not around.  At least, that is what the statistics say.  Wonder why women live longer? More action and work in their lives overall.

Not sure where to start?  Talk to a life coach.  Find one you like and will work with you, asking the questions that make you think.  Life coaches do not have you dwelling on your past or crying over what could have been.  They work with you to understand where you are and what you could do if you wanted to.

Life coaches help you understand that limiting beliefs are usually only in your head. You can really do anything you want if you are willing to put the work into getting the results you want. A life coach cannot do it for you, yet, they can be a guide that helps you to get rid of the negatives that stand in your way and help you to reach out to the goals you really desire.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

Stay Active

Want to stay alive, stay active. Spending day after day on the couch watching TV does nothing to keep you going. You have spent your whole life growing skills and abilities. Going out and getting things done, and making good things happen. If you are to stay upright, mobile and active, you have to keep doing what you’ve always done. Stay active. You’ll end up in the laying down mode soon enough and for a very long time.

When I went through my retirement briefing in the Air Force, the presentation was a weeklong training session. It turns out that retired military, or really retired anybody who just stopped working and starts sitting around the house, have a good chance of being dead in about two years. The trick to avoiding this demise is to do what you’ve always done.

You get up in the morning, take a shower, and you shave something (we had both men and women in our retirement class). You make your bed, and you go out and find something to do. Even better, have your to-do list planned out so you can look forward to what you’re going to go out and do.

Technology, cosmetology, and medicine have all made great strides in helping us to stay physically younger, longer. Please remember that they can’t do it all for us, we need to meet them halfway. Activity does that.

I’m not saying you have to work until you drop over. Do things that interest you. Maybe you volunteer somewhere one day a week. Maybe take some courses somewhere. It could be on the computer, or a free class in your town somewhere, or in a local college.

If you talk with your local community college, you might be able to audit a course or two for free. You get all of the knowledge, interaction with other people, and even a chance to pass some ideas on to a younger generation. You get to do all that and not have to pay for the class. If you’re working on a new degree, maybe it’s worth paying for the course. The important thing is that you have social interaction with others.

I’m not saying to never rest. We all need adequate rest, and maybe a time to relax and watch our favorite show, do a puzzle or read a book. We just don’t need to do it all the time. The idea of aging gracefully is all right, you just don’t want to give up on your full potential.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.