The Invisible People

Invisible people can be found, if one takes the time to look, at shopping malls, small towns, cities, hospitals, street corners and many other places.  They are not loud or boastful.  Usually they take seats toward the back of rooms.  Sometimes an invisible person shows up when least expected but slips into a crowd and is not noticed for what he or she does.

You may have missed seeing an invisible person as you rushed rudely toward a department store door to buy that last sale item on the shelve.  The door was not automatic but someone did open it for you.  Then there was the time on the grocery store parking lot when you shoved your empty cart up next to the vehicle next to you without taking it to its proper place.  As you backed out of your parking spot, if you had noticed, the cart was being rolled over to the proper place by a quiet stepping, courteous, caring invisible person.

An invisible person is well liked by others but is very seldom mentioned.  They do not put on a facade or show but instead add a feeling of peace to most situations.  You might not hear from the invisible person for years.  Then one day when you are in need, they are there sitting by your hospital bedside.  They are not afraid to touch your hand or give you a loving warm smile filled with encouragement.  Their voice is usually soft and gentle like a spring breeze in the morning fresh air.

Invisible people are non-judgmental and excellent listeners.  They do not interrupt and are sincerely interested in what you have to say.  Some have high educational degrees while others may have only attended a few years of school.  Their educational degree matters very little because both types of invisible people have so much that they contribute to the world in their own ways.  They are not self seeking.  They do not argue and even though their opinions count, it is not important to them to prove that they are right.  They have a way of carrying themselves with dignity, respect and purpose.  Even in the most stressful of situations, invisible people appear to be at ease.  Their looks and gentle words can sooth the most hurting soul.  They come in all sizes, colors, and backgrounds.  None of this is an issue to them.  They view the world as a gift with each small accomplishment looked upon as a stepping stone in their journey of life.

It is as though they have a special connection with nature.  Critters scurry around them without a care in the world as the invisible person takes a leisurely walk in a park or woods.  They have a special appreciate for color, cloud formations, and natural beauty.  They appear to be at peace with the world and what is around them even on the darkest of days.  They can be content alone or in a crowd but prefer to not be seen.  It is as though they have a sixth sense and know how to share a gentle smile just when you need it the most; that is of course if you choose to slow down long enough not to miss it.

Invisible people are truly humble and understand the meaning of love.  They face fear head on quietly with an attitude of acceptance and peace within.  Invisible people make exceptional friends because they allow you to be your own person and love you just as you are.  So many times though, they go unnoticed because of the chaos and selfishness ways of the world.

Invisible people are really not invisible.  We just need to slow down, appreciate, respect each other and take the time needed to clear our hearts, eyes and ears to allow the invisible people to impact the way we live in society today.  Stop and think about it.  Has your life become so complicated that you missed the opportunity to see and feel the presence of an invisible person today?

Boomers Are Strong And Persevere

There has been a lot of writing about different opinions about baby boomers.  Some say that we brought about drugs and a different value system to this world.  As each generation comes along they are recognized for different things that happened during their era.  Boomers are no different.

I choose to dwell on the good regardless of what era it is.  No one generation is all bad or all good.  We all contribute to change and deal with what is put before us.  Each person is unique in their own way.  Instead of wallowing in the blame game, why not pull together and create a more loving, caring, environment for all people.  Stick with the basics.  Use gratitude instead of woe is me.  Use forgiveness instead of resentments.  Do the right thing.  Cultivate an attitude that you will be proud of and those around you will be drawn to follow.  Be a winner by setting an example that even the smallest child can see the good in you.  Show respect.  Do not be afraid to look another in the eye with pride in what you do.  You are important and each thing, big or small, can impact a life.  That life may just be the one that will finish what you started.  This is a list of some of the positives that we boomers took part in during our life time.

  1. We brought on some great rock music which will never be forgotten.
  2. We were there to start the tearing down of prejudice walls.
  3. We watched as the first man walked on the moon.
  4. We took small country roads and made them into highways.
  5. We connected communities so that better health care could be offered to rural areas.
  6. We pounded at the doors of our educational system until it improved.
  7. We protected our country with the dedication of women and men that were strong and persevered.
  8. We came to the relief of our neighbors during disasters such as floods, tornado, and earth quakes.
  9. We restored national monuments so that our history would never be forgotten.
  10. We built bigger, better, and safer parks so that families and children could enjoy what our country had to offer.
  11. We improved transportation so that we all would have the opportunity to enjoy the best.
  12. We introduced the computer, found cures for some diseases, instilled hope for the younger generation.
  13. We changed the way mental institutions were run and put forth guidelines in hospitals for the best of patient care.
  14. We improved sporting events and challenged our youth.
  15. We marched in the biggest of parades and held children on our backs to cheer the folks on.

These are but just a few things that boomers have been involved in as we stood strong.  We were not known as quitters.  Our lives have touched many.   It is up to each one of us what type of impact we want to make on each other.  Boomers are no more important or less important than any other generation of people.  We love our children, grandchildren, the elderly and all that are persevering as we go through the trying times of today.  Love is a powerful emotion so let the love light shine.   We need each other.  So when you walk down the street, help that elderly person, smile at that little child, encourage that hurting soul and remember that life and love will only go hand in hand if we do our part.

Boomer Living Tips: How To Be Good To Yourself

Back in the 80’s there were many books written encouraging people to be good to their self.  I saw one of those familiar books today at the library written by Meloney Betty.  Then it occurred to me that in today’s busy world how some of us may have slipped in that area.

We boomers rush around taking care of others, our jobs, children, grandchildren and even our parents.  We struggle to pay off credit card debt and keep up with the rising costs.  As we go about our busy day, meeting the demands of life, we forget how important it is to not only be good to others but to be good to ourselves.  It is important to take care of our own well being.  Here are a few easy and simple things that we can do that will help each of us to be good to ourselves in our daily living.

  1. When bathing, take the time to relax.    Feel the warmth of the water on your body.  Allow your muscles to relax.  This is your own personal time so use it to your best advantage.
  2. If you are a working person, take a few extra minutes the night before to lay out your work clothes and things that you will need for the next day before going to bed.  This way you have an extra few minutes in the morning and will be more relaxed as you head out to work.
  3. Each day, give yourself some time that is yours and yours alone to read, stretch, meditate or reflect on a positive experience or thought.
  4. Take time to enjoy your meals.  Allow yourself to actually feel the taste and flavor before swallowing.
  5. Be nice but sometimes we can be too nice.  If you have a choice and you are with someone that consistently chooses to be in a negative mood, try to detach from that persons emotional turmoil.  It is good to listen and be of moral support to another but then if that person chooses to continue to be negative that is their choice not yours.  Be good to yourself.
  6. Take time to look at nature.  Look at the sky, the shape of a tree, or the way a frog jumps.
  7. Smile, even try it when you do not want to do it.  Not only will it be pleasing to another, you might just find out how that smile will come back to you.
  8. Our feet can give us pain but also a good foot rub can relax other parts of our body.  Take a little time to rub lotion on your feet.  Move your hands slowly and massage the feet.  Just before bedtime is a good time to do this.  It feels so good!
  9. Treat yourself now and then with something special.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.  It might be something as simple as listening to a favorite music CD that you haven’t played for awhile.  Just know that it is special to you.
  10. Last but not least, always remember that you are important, you are alive, you are loved and you are special.  Above all, treat yourself that way.  THAT IS HOW TO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF!