Don’t Take Life for Granted. Live It!

“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.

Boomer Living: The Power Of 24 Positive Small Words

Small words can carry power to inspire, bring hope, joy, and encouragement to others.

There are many sayings about words such as:  A picture is worth a thousand words, actions speak louder than words and etc.  We as boomers have taught and heard powerful words..  We smiled when we heard some small words spoken for the first time by our grandchildren and children before them.

Remember the first time that you heard the word Mama or Da Da uttered from a babies voice.  If you didn’t have children of your own then maybe there was a time that you heard just your name spoken from a little one.  I bet you smiled.  As adults maybe it would be good to go back and focus on small words that create positive reactions for us and others.

When we practice small things like small words it will give us the power to grow and experience what is good in each other.  It is simple and free.

This is a list that I have been using more often.  It is rewarding to see how the words work.

24 Positive Small Words

  1. I love you.
  2. Thank you.
  3. Excuse me.
  4. I care.
  5. You are special.
  6. Good morning.
  7. How are you?
  8. That was very nice.
  9. I understand and admire your courage.
  10. Your smile is like sunshine.
  11. You have such a good listening ear.
  12. The things you do are important.
  13. You did a great job.
  14. We can do this together.
  15. You inspire me by trying.
  16. I appreciate you.
  17. Your sharing makes a difference.
  18. You were missed when you were gone.
  19. You have brought joy into my life.
  20. You can do it.
  21. I noticed your kind deed.
  22. I enjoyed being with you.
  23. You are never alone.
  24. You touched my heart.

Yes, small words can carry power to inspire, bring hope, joy, and encouragement to others.  Then the positive effects come back to us.  I will ask you to join me in a review of small words that we can use to create harmony, peace, and love in our baby boomer journey of life.  You can do it.  It is okay.  We did it as babies.  We taught our children.  Now let’s not forget the importance and the positive power of small words.  It is up to you. It is never too late. What other words can we add and practice that are small but very powerful?   It is not being childlike.  It is really about showing how grown up we really are.  Today might be the day that your life or the life of another will be changed with the power of a kind and considerate small word.

Originally posted 2013-04-21 21:38:00.

Is It Luck or Is It Learning?

There are some of us that are just curious people. I am just that. If I hear a word and do not know the meaning of it then I look it up. If I read a quote and want to know about it, I look it up. You might even say I have an on going relationship with my computer google bar.

There are some of us that are just curious people. I am just that. If I hear a word and do not know the meaning of it then I look it up. If I read a quote and want to know about it, I look it up. You might even say I have an on going relationship with my computer google bar.

We boomers were always curious and very experimental. Tonight I was thinking back to two classes that I took in college. One was speech and the other was writing. It was my last day in speech class. I did not have a speech prepared. Oh well, I said to myself, I will just speak on what ever comes into my heart and let it roll out of my mouth.” Now I am not suggesting this is a good way to do but that one worked for me. I gave a speech on, “Don’t Quit.” The class loved it and asked the Professor if they could give me a standing ovation. They did. What a shock! I just lucked out on that one.

Then there was my writing class. One of my papers was marked down because of a cliche. One of my favorite saying is, “Say what you mean, mean what you say and don’t say it mean.” Shucks, I thought I made that one up. Lately I have been seeing a lot of repetition while reading articles on the computer. Some are all the same with just a few changes in words. So I sat down tonight with my friend the google bar. First I looked up the word CLICHE. The meaning is an over used expression or idea. Ok, I said to my self. That must be like the repetition that I read about.

Then just for kicks I stuck in the saying, ” Say what you mean, mean what you say, but Don’t say it mean. To my amazement google bar had a lot of information on that also. Now this was beginning to feel like a game to out wit the google bar. So I continued to read.

I was lead to this great site where I found a funny clip about word usage in our culture today. This is it. http://vimeo.com/3829682. Now I really wish I knew how to get this to display on the blog but I don’t. You know though, that is ok too because I still have the ability to learn. So I hope you can hit the little URL I put in and listen to this. It is funny.

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

So laugh if you want because I am. Think of some words. Write a few down. Express yourself. Oh, and don’t forget to use the google bar. There is a wealth of knowledge there! Now you might ask, “Why is this Working Boomer writing all this silly stuff.” My answer would be just this. As we get older it is important for Boomers to continue to learn and exercise our minds. We can do that in so many ways by reading books or even using the google bar. Even locks get rusty if not used. They make WD Forty for that. Since my mind is not a lock I will continue my relationship with my google bar! Now if I am really lucky the smart editor of this blog will get the URL to appear on here as it should. Just maybe I can luck out twice!

Originally posted 2010-12-10 01:05:36.

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.