Boomer Inspirational Message: Practicing Love, Forgiveness And Respect

I remember when the elderly in our society were well respected and treated with the utmost dignity and respect.  I remember when people held doors open for older people.  We gave up our chair when an older person needed a seat. I remember when senior citizens were thought of as wise and insightful.  When we needed an answer on how to fix a broken vehicle or make a cabinet we went to an older person for their advise.  If I needed a  recipe for peach cobbler I called my mother or older Sister. I remember when adult children, relatives, neighbors, people from the church helped older folks because they truly loved and respected them. That is the value system we were taught back in the day. I remember when grown children had daily or a least weekly contact in person or by telephone with their parents and grandparents.  Some of this still exists today but times have changed.

Recipes can be found on a computer in the blink of an eye. Our favorite auto repair shop will fix a vehicle.  They advertise speedy customer service.  The man at the home improvement store can fix us up with a new cabinet and have it installed within a day.  Now the younger folks text on the telephone.  Some check Face book to connect with their family and friends.  Some older folks do the same.

Time is moving at the speed of lightening.  We still have a lot to teach the younger generation.  We have much to learn in order to keep up with changing times. We will do that at our own pace.  Most of us were taught one of the most important lessons of all and that was; No matter whatever else is going on ALWAYS respect yourself and each other. We still have an important place here in this world.  We still have a service to perform here on God’s earth.   No matter how much time has passed or how times have changed it will always be important to RESPECT OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER.

In closing I just want to end this very simply with one question for each of us to ask ourselves.  When we lay our head down on our pillow at night can we sleep peacefully knowing that we have done our best using respect, love and forgiveness for ourselves and others?  If we can not answer this question with a yes today then it is still not to late.  We can arise tomorrow and begin by practicing love, forgiveness and respect.

Originally posted 2011-01-25 20:51:15.

Boomers Stop Chasing Your Tail

Book review of Dr. Wayne Dyer writings about finding happiness. Good advice for Boomers.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

This is a post from the past which has a timeless message. Each day I find it is necessary to meditate. Meditation brings inner peace.  One of my favorite authors is Dr. Wayne Dyer.  Dr. Dyer was born May 10,1940 in Detroit, Michigan.  He spent the first 10 years of his life in foster homes and orphanages.

Today Dr Dyer is a motivation speaker, author, therapist and an self help guru.  Dr. Dyer is the father of eight children and resides with his family in Maui Hawaii.

Dr. Dyer has compared happiness as something being in one’s tail.  Dr. Dryer says, “Don’t chase Happiness, it will find you.  love who you are.”  Don’t be like a cat.  Stop chasing your tail.  Dr. Dyer says,” live life as you want not as others want you to live.”  People will have different opinions of how you should be but more importantly is that you love who you are.  Hang strong and enjoy inner peace.

The message is clear: Allow happiness to find you.  Stop the rat race of chasing.  Enjoy the moment!

My favorite quote by Dr. Dyer is, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the Floor.  It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”  Dr. Dyer says, ” How people treat you is their karma, how you react to it is yours.”

Boomer Living

Boomer life can give you the feeling of being  pressured and stressed.  In addition to everyday life such as Doctors appointments, medicare, discovering new wrinkles, loss of a friend, children having problems, etc.   It is still important to do a self check.  Enjoy the moment and Stop chasing your tail.

Book review- by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Originally posted 2013-04-19 23:51:51.

A Positive Attitude Is A Choice

Boomers can strive to develop a positive attitude or remain negative; it is a choice. A positive attitude can lead us to happiness and success.

Boomers: Why Develop a Positive Attitude?

There are many things in life that we do not have the power to change such as the weather, time, and certain life events. The one thing that we can change is our attitude. Some of us are pessimists and others are optimists. We can strive to develop a positive attitude or remain negative; it is a choice.

A pessimist expects things to go wrong and dwells on the negative while an optimist maximizes the positive and minimizes the negative. Making a choice to develop a positive attitude and living in the now has many rewards, not only to our self-esteem but affects our life and the lives of others. Living many of my earlier years as a pessimist, I missed opportunities, happiness, peace of mind, and joy that life had to offer. Today it is important that I strive to maintain a positive attitude. Here I will list reasons that influenced my choice.

Negative Attitude
Creates stress
Keeps one from developing ourselves to our full potential
Causes physical problems such as headaches, stomach problems, sleep disorders, and fatigue
Increases fear which can dominate our life and life decisions
Keeps us from meeting life on life’s terms
Can keep us in a state of blame and procrastination
Effects the lives of those around us
Stands in our way of meeting goals and succeeding
Produces doubt, bitterness, insecurity, and anger
Takes away our positive energy and the joy of living

Positive Attitude
We cope better with daily living
We experience joy and happiness
It bring optimism into our life and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking
Displays self esteem and confidence
We have more energy and inner peace
Gives us the power to inspire and motivate ourselves and others
People actually enjoy being around us and helps us develop healthy relationships
Inspires us to succeed
Gives us a greater appreciation for the little things in life
Gives us hope during difficult times
Inspires us to love, create, and be the best person that we can be
Opens up a whole new way of thinking about life, respect, and our value system
Enables us to be a succeed without ego or grandiose ideas

A positive attitude can lead us to happiness and success. There are no benefits to a negative attitude if we are into mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual living. Your attitude is contagious! What is your choice? What better gift can you give to yourself and those around than by developing a positive attitude?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”  –    quote by Winston Churchill

Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable ,or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same-Francesca Reigler

Originally posted 2011-03-02 07:30:31.

Boomer Points To Ponder For A Purpose

A few months ago I was struggling with finding my purpose in life.  I stood in faith.   I continued on with my journey in life. I  dreamed the dream of my boomer retirement years.  Consistently, I looked at Mr. Robert Fowler’s sites, Retirement Media and 55communityguide.com along with his retirement face book pages.  I read many inspiring things written by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Maya Angelou and Simon T. Bailey.  Most important of all I never lost my faith nor did I quit because I wanted to know my purpose for living my life.  I wanted to find a way to help others. In my introduction boomerplaces.com I said that if I could help one person smile, laugh, be encouraged, or enhance an other’s life in any way then my day was a success.

I was contacted by Mr. Fowler asking if I would help him out with a few of his face book pages actually doing what I was already doing by commenting.  After taking two days to meditate about this I agreed .  In  my heart I felt this would be  a way to help others.  Money was not my motivator.  My desire was to post things that I thought would help others.  I made it clear to Mr. Fowler that I needed to always be honest and share from my heart.  I needed to reach other boomers and maybe just help one.  Today I write using my favorite words Live, Laugh, Love and Learn.

To show my gratitude for this opportunity as Valentines Day is near,  I want to write just a few points for all of us to ponder on Live, Laugh, Love and Learn as it flows from my heart into this writing.

Live

  • Don’t waste a moment of life.  It is too short.  It is precious.  It is an adventure.  It is a gift.  It is a time to help others.  It is a time to take action.  It is a time to be enjoyed.  It is a time to create.  It is a time to inspire.  It is a time to accomplish.  It is a time to meet challenges.  It is a time to shift as quoted by Simon Bailey.  It is never to late to spread your wings and fly.  It is a time to seek your purpose.

Laugh

Smile and give your smile to someone else because it is contagious.  Laugh because it is good for your health.  Share laughter with others because it brings joy into their lives.  Develop a sense of humor because it will help you get through the hard times.  A sense of humor will allow you to deal better with life’s  problems as each day passes.  Try to maintain a positive attitude.  What good does it do to live in fear or negativity?

Love

  • Love because it has the power to change the world.  Love because it brings peace and contentment to your heart.  Love because it replaces hate.  Love because it brings about forgiveness.  Love because it is what every human being needs and wants.  Love because it shows compassion and kindness. Love has the ability to heal a broken heart.  Love because that is what your children need, the elderly need, the neighbor needs, the stranger needs, the homeless need, your family needs, your friends need.  Love is what people of all ages, origins, backgrounds, and people of the world need to experience for a life of happiness.

Learn

Learn to improve yourself.  Learn to be tolerant.  Learn to contribute to life.  Learn to be fulfilled.  Learn in order to share with others.  Learn to be a success.  Learn to develop new skills.  Learn by studying history to understand today and tomorrow. Learn to understand how to be the best person that you can be.  Learn how to give.  Learn how to receive. Learn and just keep on learning so that you will always stay open to new and creative ideas.  Learn to stay young at heart.

No, I am not Simon T. Bailey, Maya Angleu, Dr. Wayne Dyer or any other well known person that you may have heard of in this life.  I do share a common bond with each one of them though.  I am a boomer with a purpose. I know in my heart that each one of you have a purpose.  Each one of you have a gift.  It is just all about finding it and putting it into action.  So I leave you with this writing today with a few points to ponder as you seek your purpose in life.  I leave you with love and a small piece of my heart!

As quoted by Simon T. Bailey, Confidence makes the Brain grow.  Worry, stress, and fear cause your brain to slow down.  Be Bold, Be confident, Be Brilliant!  It is never to late!

Originally posted 2011-02-09 16:50:26.

An Age to Be Grateful Not Just On Thanksgiving

I have noticed some of my friends in the ages around the late 50s to early 60s talking more about being grateful. In my own life I am doing the same. There must be something about being more grateful as we age.

An Age To Be Grateful Not Just on Thanksgiving

be grateful not just on Thanksgiving

I have noticed some of my friends in the ages around the late 50s to early 70s talking more about being grateful.  In my own life I am doing the same.  There must be something about being more grateful as we age.

It could be we are reflecting more on all the people we have known, the places we have been and the accomplishments and events in our lives.  What a life each of us has had up to this point in time!

There are many people we can be thankful for in our lives.  Think of the people who were your friends at work who you shared lunch time with.  Your colleagues who shared with you, instructed you, who volunteered their time for association meetings as maybe you did too.

Think of your parents who fed and took care of you and sacrificed so your life would be better than theirs.  Think back about other family members like brothers and sisters we shared so much of our lives with, aunts and uncles who gave us presents and cared about us.  Some of these family members are no longer with us. We probably didn’t tell them at the time but we are now grateful for them.

Think of all the places you have been in your life and all the things you have been fortunate enough to experience.   Some of us have traveled to other countries, other states, the nation’s capital, the great Western US, or our National Parks.  Maybe you had the experience of attending a World Series, the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, the Olympics, Indy 500, a Broadway Play, or the Petit LeMans.  I am sure you will remember any of those great events and be grateful you made that part of your life.  Maybe it was attending a play at your local high school, your church meetings, or volunteering.  Then maybe you now recognize that life is a journey and simple things like sitting under a shade tree, sitting by a stream,  people watching, or visiting the senior center are all things to be grateful for.

Think of all the things you have accomplished in your life and how grateful you are for them.  These may include raising a family, a happy marriage, your education,  sports or music, a career, a trade or skill you learned really well.  This list could go on but I am betting if you really think about it you are grateful for the opportunity you had to participate in each of these accomplishments.

Now in our everyday life we are becoming more grateful for people we run into like the cashier who smiles and chats with us, the friend who calls and invites us to lunch, a spouse who stays by our side, service workers who wait on our table, clean the hospital and keep this world going.  We can show our appreciation by saying thank you, tipping, holding the door open for people and generally recognizing and showing respect to everyone.

My Thanksgiving challenge to you is As we go through life from this point forward we shall live in the present and recognize every experience, person and place we come across in our lives is something to be grateful for.  All things big and small is to be appreciated.  Showing  gratitude helps too.  This in turn will make us happier and our lives more fulfilled.

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving take some time to think back on all the things you are grateful for.  Maybe this post will jog your memory.

Originally posted 2018-11-21 11:33:18.

In The Midst of A Storm There Can Be Peace

A boomer turns 62 and reflects on her life and how she found inner peace.

One week from today I will turn 62 yrs. old.  In those sixty two years I have experienced life.  Life makes stories.  Some are not so good and others are better but all in all they are stories that we can share in hopes of helping touch the lives of others.  Tonight I heard Pastor David Blunt say, ” God’s Purpose for My life must be my highest Priority to have Peace.”  He also said, “Peace comes from within, not on the outside of us.”  This has been a proven fact in my life.

For many years I searched for peace outside of myself just like a lot of other folks have done.  I looked for it in fine houses, jobs, men, money, designer clothes, exotic places,cars and in other people.  I stressed.  I struggled.  It was not to be found.  There were moment of happiness and pleasure which soon disappeared but then that empty hole was still there so I began my endless search again.

Then came the day that I searched deeper inside myself and took a look at my heart.  My heart needed a good house cleaning job done on it.  That is when I found a way to peace which left me without struggling.  For me God’s Word is my final authority.  With that and that only do I then know PEACE.  Today I choose Peace over chaos.  I choose Love over Hate.   I am no longer a man pleaser.  My heart is content and that is where I found inner Peace.

We come from many backgrounds, religions, faiths and walk the road of life as people here on earth.  Yes at times we all struggle, things happen, people displease us, and maybe our plans do not go as we would like for them to go.  How many times in the 62 years have I heard that simple statement made, “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men.”  Why is it so easily said in December but so easily forgotten January through November?  Do most of us not want this for our world?  Do most of us not want this in our daily lives?  I am not perfect.  I am just one.  I am not that powerful but the power resides within my heart.

So this year in December let us all rise above.  Let us all stand strong.  Let us all fill our hearts with Love.  Let us all work toward starting 2011 with Peace within and Good Will Toward Men. We have, we can , and we will strive to maintain Peace.   My wish for the World is that we allow God to work in our lives to Bring about World Peace.

Originally posted 2010-12-16 04:47:20.