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.

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.

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.

Boomers Are Strong And Persevere

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.

  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.

Originally posted 2011-06-08 15:27:24.

A Tribute To Two Special Groups of People

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.

Boomer Health

Originally posted 2010-12-21 21:44:11.