10 Things to Think About as You Age

Today’s blog identifies 10 things that are worth thinking about.  Actually, they are worth more than just thinking about.  They are all worth spending time researching, engaging in conversations, experimenting with, and sharing with others.  I’d love to hear what you think about this!  Leave a comment below (you need to sign up for WordPress – don’t worry, there is no fee and you won’t be plagued with ads), or drop me an email at drmaryflett@gmail.com

  1. We are all going to die. How does knowing this influence your thoughts and actions?
  2. People, pets, and tangible personal property.  These are things that we love that will leave us, either through death, choice, or obsolescence. Can you prepare for loss?  If so, how?
  3. Worrying does not help anything. Since this is true, what purpose does anxiety serve?  Is it just an artifact of some ancient ancestor?  Can we just ignore it?  Should we?
  4. It is easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. Why?
  5. We will all experience sadness and loss. This experience is by its nature uncomfortable.  It will pass.  What can we do until it does?
  6. We need to be more like a rose. A rose does not strive to open.  It just blooms.  Proper feeding and pruning make the rose a bit hardier and perhaps last a little bit longer.  But when it is done blooming, it is done blooming.  How can we be more like a rose?
  7. If you pay more attention to the things that make you smile than things that make you frown, you will feel happier. What makes you smile?
  8. Eat less, exercise more. What are your favorite foods and what kind of exercise makes you feel energized?
  9. Giving feels better than receiving. If you only give, however, you will never learn to receive.  We all need to improve our receiving skills.  How can you practice receiving?
  10. New is not always better. Old is not always good.  How do you tell the difference?

I suggest you work with these one at a time.  Maybe put them down on some 3 X 5 cards and use them as conversation starters or ice breakers at a gathering.

See what results show up.  If you learn something new, try putting it into practice for a week or two.  If it feels good, keep doing it.  If it feels hard, keep doing it a little bit longer.  If it doesn’t feel good at all, let it go.

Make up a “Top 10” list of your own.  It made Letterman a fortune!

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