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 as WorkingBoomer 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.
- 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.
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 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 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 develope 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.
Working Boomer says This is a story that I feel needs to be written to give tribute to two groups of people that are dear to my heart. Those groups are Health care workers and Cancer patients.
Sometimes when writing even a difficult subject has to be tackled if the story needs to be told. That is what I am going to try to accomplish in this story today. This is a story that I feel needs to be written to give tribute to two groups of people that are dear to my heart. Those groups are Health care workers and Cancer patients.
This time of year the shopping malls are crowded but so are the medical offices that treat patients with cancer. So I would like to share about these groups so it might just give each and everyone of us a view from the inside as I once saw it. Even though here I am going to try to focus on two certain groups, I would like to begin by thanking all healthcare workers for their dedication and what they give.
It was the week of Christmas during the holiday season. The patient appointments were set up. The physicians schedule was three times heavier than other times of the year. The office was decorated cheerfully. The workers were ready. The patients came to get their treatment before the holiday so they could make this holiday count. The workers had their own personal lives but as they entered the office that life was put on hold. The phones rang off the hook. The waiting room was full. The day began.
The stress was high. The feelings and emotions were at the highest peek. The caring, compassion, hope, and love was in the the air. The workers rushed around doing what health care employees do. The patients sat in chemo rooms sharing stories with each other as the workers attended to them. Christmas music played over head. Families waited to take their love ones home after their treatments. The workers and the patients were tired but no one but no one was giving up. There was a job to be done, a life to be touched, a heart to be consoled.
At the end of the day one might ask these questions. Who gave the most? Who received the most? Who laughed? Who cried? Who persevered? Who fought the battle? The answer to all the questions is just this. Both groups did.
The workers challenged every obstacle and met the test. They gave their all. They gave their best. What group gave the most. I really can not say. Patients came in bearing gifts of homemade cookies, cakes, pies,oranges, apples in crates and loads of gifts for the health care workers. Some patients wore Santa Claus hats. One even dressed as Santa and carried a bag full of gifts. The desks of the workers were loaded down with gifts from these special patients. The thank yous and well wishes were many. Hugs and smiles were spread about from both groups. The spirit of love and hope had over taken that office. It flowed freely from heart to heart.
So as we rush around during this holiday season, let us not forget these two special groups. Let us learn from their example. Let us fight the battle. Let us share the love that we have in our hearts. Let us care and make Each Day Count. Let us carry in our hearts the meaning of what life is all about.
As a Working Boomer, I have experienced many things but these people will always have a big piece of my heart. This was a place where I learned the true meaning of life and what it is really about.
Originally posted 2010-12-21 21:44:11.
Sixty-two years ago I was born as a change of life baby on December 23,1948 to my parents who did not expect me to happen. My mother was in her 40’s and my father in his 50’s. Most of my childhood life was spent with older people. Today I find myself as one of those people sitting here on Christmas eve. thinking about you and thinking about me. Yes, I said you, the Boomer Generation of people.
There is snow on the ground. Outside my door it is very quiet as though for just a few moments the world is still and at peace. Some are with families. Some are sitting with that special husband or wife. Some are playing with their grandchildren. Some are traveling to other places to visit friends. Some are sitting alone. Others are preparing meals to share with their love ones tomorrow. Some may be watching television, reading a book, playing a game on the computer, waiting for a telephone call, wrapping a present, or ending a day of work. There are some like police officers, fireman, health care workers, security people, truck drivers and etc. that may be working tonight and might be working tomorrow.
There are boomers that might be in nursing homes, hospitals, and even some in far away lands helping to keep our country safe. Others might be volunteering their time in homeless shelters and even some boomers might be homeless. Some boomers may have had children others may not. Some may be blessed with riches and fame. Then there are some who have very little and their pockets might me empty. Some may have high educations and others little or no education. Some may be sitting around a warm fireplace while others may be wishing for a warm fire.
In all of this there is somethings that we share in common. We have a story. We have a heart that can be prepared to forgive. We have gained much wisdom. We have experienced a lot. We have made some kind of a mark on the world as it is today. We can believe. Some may be able to sing while others may only be able to smile. Some like me might have a desire to write and share what I am feeling in my heart.
Tonight I think of you. Tonight I think of me. Tonight I want to reach out and give each one of you a hug. Tonight if I was powerful enough, I would give you peace, love, joy, comfort, health, wealth, and a world filled with peace but I am not that powerful. I do have the ability to write. I do have the ability to feel. I do have the ability to show compassion. I do have the ability to care for others. I do have the ability through this writing to let you know how special I believe that each and everyone one of you are. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, no matter how you are feeling let it be known that tonight someone has thought of YOU. We are one. We are the people of the world.
Originally posted 2010-12-25 15:04:48.
“Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday’s defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ”If I had my life to live over again. ”Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
Og Mandino quotes
So quickly we humans can forget how important it is to care, use kindness, understanding and love. How quickly we can wish for a reward only for ourselves. How quickly we can forget in a moment of anger, despair, or chaos just how important life is. Take the time to LOVE. Take the time to SHARE. Take the time to give THANKS. Take the time to use KINDNESS. Take the time to show Understanding. Take the time to allow yourself to be HUMAN. Take the time to allow others their right to be human. Take the time To hold anther’s HAND. Take the time to speak the word LOVE. Take the time to show someone you CARE! Give a HUG. We have but one life. Life is a Gift. Lift your face to the the sky and let your Heart sing!
Originally posted 2010-12-12 23:41:20.
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.
This is a list of some of the positives that we boomers took part in during our life time.
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.
- We brought on some great rock music which will never be forgotten.
- We were there to start the tearing down of prejudice walls.
- We watched as the first man walked on the moon.
- We took small country roads and made them into highways.
- We connected communities so that better health care could be offered to rural areas.
- We pounded at the doors of our educational system until it improved.
- We protected our country with the dedication of women and men that were strong and persevered.
- We came to the relief of our neighbors during disasters such as floods, tornado, and earth quakes.
- We restored national monuments so that our history would never be forgotten.
- We built bigger, better, and safer parks so that families and children could enjoy what our country had to offer.
- We improved transportation so that we all would have the opportunity to enjoy the best.
- We introduced the computer, found cures for some diseases, instilled hope for the younger generation.
- We changed the way mental institutions were run and put forth guidelines in hospitals for the best of patient care.
- We improved sporting events and challenged our youth.
- 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.
Originally posted 2011-06-08 15:27:24.