The journey of life is just that a journey. Sometimes it is smooth and sometimes not. The journey changes each second, each minute, each hour and day. As we go through the times we often wonder why this or that is happening. Then many years later we look back and see more clearly the reason. It is then that we know the purpose and appreciate the wisdom that we gained. Boomers of today are doing just that. Today our lives are being touched in many ways. We may be repeatedly asking why or searching for an answer. As we search, there is a possibility that we are missing that which is most precious in our lives. It may be very close to us as we search with our intellect and disregard our hearts. We may be caught up in the day to day clutter of our minds.
Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Swiss-author and psychiatrist said, “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are given to us to learn from.” I find this so very true. As we boomers look back at our past, our life has been a journey of learning experiences. Our experiences are not over. We can use those experience to maintain our life today and share with others. So many times, we allow ourselves to get wrapped up in the “what isn’t”, instead of focusing on the positive of “what is”. Many years ago Dr. Ross wrote the five stages of grief which are (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.) Not only can this be used with dealing with death, it can be used to deal with other life situations that are connected with loss. You can find out more about the five stage model of grief at Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation’s website. The bottom line is, with acceptance comes peace. Peace comes in the quietness or stillness of the mind. Only then can we truly appreciate true beauty and keep ourselves connected with the sunlight of the spirit.
Today I choose to remain in the present in order to carry myself as a humble but proud boomer. I have a story. There is something to be learned from my story for someone out in this world. The events may not have been as society would have judged them as the best but it was my life. I learned, and will continue learning, as I continue on with life’s journey. With that said, I will end this with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
“As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don’t have to be a doctor in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn’t matter as much as how you do what you do.”
I encourage each and every boomer to share your experiences and your story. Continue to learn on your journey!