Boomers, Have You Shared A Smile Today?

Boomers are uniting in different causes to assist and help others. By doing this some are expressing a more fulfilled life. Boomers are being creative and getting involved in ways to change not only their lives, but the lives of others.

There have been articles written about boomers volunteering while finding their purpose.  Many are uniting in different causes to assist and help others.  By doing this some are expressing a more fulfilled life.  Boomers are being creative and getting involved in ways to change not only their lives, but the lives of others.  It is as though our hands are uniting as one.  Some people are touching lives in large ways and some in small.  The important thing is that they are doing it!  More and more I notice this going on around me, as I am out in public places.  It seems like I notice this a lot at my local grocery store.  I will share what I heard from my grocery store trip this week.

As I was standing in line to check out, the cashier, who appeared to be boomer age, was talking with the customer in front of me.  She was telling the customer about a motivational seminar that she had attended at the St. Louis Cervantes Center the day before.  At the center she had heard motivational speakers share their experiences. One speaker told stories of how folks united during 9-11.  The cashier had really been touched by the stories that she heard.  The customer in front of me, enjoyed the story and begin to smile.  It was good to see a boomer bringing a smile to another’s face.

Then it was my turn to check out.  The older gentleman bagging my groceries was listening attentively.  I began to share with the cashier about how I write stories on boomerplaces.com.  I also was able to tell her about my interest in helping others during my retirement age years.  She said, “I have been thinking about when my day comes to retire, but for today I am trying to find my purpose.”  Bingo, I thought to myself.  She had just expressed the magic word, PURPOSE! I then suggested a couple of books that I had read regarding the subject.  She wrote the names down and thanked me.

My groceries were bagged and it was time to be on my way.  The elderly lady behind me continued the conversation with the cashier as they both smiled.  The gentleman that had bagged my groceries was now smiling. He followed me out of the store to gather up grocery carts.  He appeared to have a new spring in his step as he offered his assistance to a couple of boomer age ladies.

I thought to myself, ” So this is how it is done.  Just a simple smile, a positive comment, and a small offer of help can begin the process of each of us finding our purpose as we share with each other!  It is one life touching that of another, one hand helping and each person showing interest in fellow human beings.

One never knows how a smile, a positive comment, a show of respect or interest might just be that one thing that will turn into that big purpose that will change the world.

Originally posted 2011-04-29 20:28:50.

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.

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?

Originally posted 2014-06-04 09:07:03.

A Simple Way To Avoid The Monday Blues

Yes, we have the power to change our attitude and avoid the Monday blues. Also just a reminder as I was reminded; gifts of importance such as positive words do not cost, but are worth much to others. Encouragement and love have the power to heal. Words and simple actions can bring SMILES to faces. It is a simple way to give and help others to avoid the Monday Blues.

Monday comes every week as we all know.  As a week end worker, it is my Friday. I turned on my computer to Face book, Google+ and twitter.  There I read where a lot of boomers are tired just as I am on Monday. Some folks sounded a little blue.  Then I looked for positive and encouraging words that others had written on the social network sites.  By doing this, I know that I am not alone but share some of the same thoughts and feelings as other boomers.  I take what I want and leave the rest.  By sharing even small words which are written or said is a gift that we all can give another.  Just for today, I am going to write two things that I read on my face book that encouraged me.  Hopefully it will encourage you.  We are one.  We are human and we ALL  have the ability to express kindness and caring to help ourselves plus others.

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote this, “I am a human being, not a human doing.  Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life.  You aren’t what you do.  If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t.”   “Wow, what a simple concept,” I though to myself as I read the words.  Next, I opened an email from a face book friend.  It reminded me not to over do.  Also the person thanked me for a response.  That felt good.

Then I looked at a posting from another young person. This is what it said. “It is very difficult to take care of others unless you have first taken care of yourself. What do you need to do for yourself so that you can be available for others? What needs are going unmet? How can you be kind to yourself?”  My heart sang with a smile as I thought about how young this person was. But yet he took the time to write those words for all of his face book friends to read.  The words gave me hope.

I read another post from a Face book friend that reminded me about how gossip can hurt others.  I smiled.  How simple but how important this is to remember when we speak.  Even silence at times can be a gift.

Yes, we have the power to change our attitude and avoid the Monday blues.  Also just a reminder as I was reminded; gifts of importance such as positive words do not cost, but are worth much to others.  Encouragement and love have the power to heal.  Words and simple actions can bring SMILES to faces.  It is a simple way to give and help others to avoid the Monday Blues.

Remember, as each day passes we become older and wiser.  Each Monday will become more and more important. The last chapter of our life is being written.  So if you didn’t start today then set a goal for next week to keep it simple and avoid the Monday blues.

Originally posted 2011-09-19 19:14:51.

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.