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
I love you.
You are special.
How are you?
That was very nice.
I understand and admire your courage.
Your smile is like sunshine.
You have such a good listening ear.
The things you do are important.
You did a great job.
We can do this together.
You inspire me by trying.
I appreciate you.
Your sharing makes a difference.
You were missed when you were gone.
You have brought joy into my life.
You can do it.
I noticed your kind deed.
I enjoyed being with you.
You are never alone.
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.
Here are some trends happening with us of the baby boomer generation. If you are a boomer, can you relate to any of these?
Buying a New Car
Boomers have been buying new cars, even though many of us are driving less. The catalyst for baby boomers to buy a new car is the safety equipment in new cars these days. My wife Mary Ann picked up her new Honda yesterday with Navigational system and Sensing, replacing her 2009 model car. It is amazing what cars can do these days. Boomers feel these items make today’s cars safer and easier to drive. One day when self driving cars become available, there may be another boomer car buying spree.
Being More Active
Boomers are becoming more active and getting out for walks and playing pickleball and other sports. I joined 10,500 boomers at the National Senior Games a couple of months ago and witnessed the passion first hand.
Attend to Our Health
All boomers’ lives are affected by their health and that is becoming more clear by the day. The Medicare nurse comes to our homes each year to check up on us (if you have an Advantage Plan). Many of us do annual physicals and preventative dental work. We visit health fairs and do Health Screenings which are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. Screenings help find problems early, when they may be easier to treat. Many of us are dealing with chronic health conditions that alter our lifestyle.
Downsizing and Moving
Almost every boomer I talk with has downsized or is downsizing, getting rid of stuff they no longer need. Many times this is in preparation for a future move to a home more suitable to their needs, like a retirement home in a 55+ active adult community or small town.
Travel while you can is our motto. Traveling is our new purpose it seems. I am astounded at the amount of travel quite a few of my friends are doing. Back to back major trips that would have been considered “trips of a lifetime” are taken in a year.
That’s the way I see it from here.
Village at Deaton Creek, a 55+ Del Webb Community
Ann challenged Robert to do a blog post with her on things to make life easier. So Robert woke up this morning at 5AM and before coffee here is what came out. Using our boomer wisdom off the top of our heads (or is it 20/20 vision?) Ann and Robert came up with the following. Rather than make life hard on ourselves, maybe this will help.
Robert’s Tips to Make Life Easier
1. Keep things simple
2. Don’t borrow money
3. Don’t gossip
4. Don’t lie
5. Do what you are supposed to do
6. Show up on time, maybe a little early
7. Give the other party more than they expected
8. Learn a skill or get an education
9. Go to bed on time and get your sleep
10. Don’t worry about tomorrow or yesterday, live in the present
Ann’s Tips to Make Life Easier
Since Robert wrote very early, I will write what comes to my mind at 12 noon on a beautiful day in February. It is just like spring not winter. What a gift. Last year at this time we had a difficult winter. It just goes to show how each day can be different. It is up to us to accept, be grateful and make the most of each moment. No one else can do that for us. We have no control over all circumstances but we can always strive to be the best person possible. Therefore Robert, here is my list. I hope everyone will add to it because it is one that can be never ending. If we all contribute then the world will be better place for us and those around us.
11. Laugh just because it feels good. Humor has the ability to heal.
12. Love yourself just as you are but be willing to change negatives that hold you back from enjoying life.
13. Be spontaneous. What is the good in watching the clock all the time. It always moves at the same pace. Let your enter child let loose and fly.
14. Learn to trust yourself. You may not always be right but you can grow from your own mistakes
15. Be forgiving. Anger and holding grudges serve no purpose to your well being. Besides others will enjoy being around you more.
16. Accept change. It is a part of life.
17.Replace fear with faith. Most of the time you will find the fear will get much smaller as you practice this.
18. Accept mistakes as stepping stones in life instead of defeat.
19.Reward yourself daily, after all you are worth it. Make room for rest and relaxation. It is important to your well being.
20. Admit when you are wrong. Correct the mistake or make an amend as soon as possible. Do you hang onto self pity, anger and resentments that will sap life right out of you.
21. Know your limitations. Doing is good but be careful and don’t bite off more than you can chew as the old saying goes.
22. Stand up for yourself when it is necessary. Door mats stay on the ground.
23. Rejoice in all things good! Sing a song, hum a tune, dance a jig, clap your hands, tap you foot or just blink your eyes. Just do it!
24. Practice your listening skills. It is amazing what you can learn from others. Listening to the sounds of nature, a train whistle, or a laughing child can bring joy to your heart and memories long forgotten.
25. Set priorities but take time to be free. Be free to be_ _ _. You fill in the blanks.
26. Let go of trying to control everything. It is tiring. Ask yourself this question, “How important is it? Do I really have that much time in life to waste?”
27. Allows other to help you when you need help. You may find that it feels good and makes them feel good too.
28. Practice humility. No one is more than or less than. We are all human.
29. Try not to take personal everything that comes your way. After all it may not even be about you. Allow others to learn from their mistakes just as you have. Rise above in your thinking.
30. Use love in everything that you do. If you slip in that area today then try again tomorrow. By doing this you be a success in the journey of life.
There is so much more that could be written and writing is a wonderful way to communicate and relieve ourselves of anxiety. Even more important is practice no matter how small or large. Feel free to share your comment or add to the list. Let Robert and I read your write. Live, Laugh, Learn and Love, Annie Alka WorkingBoomer
We are not going to create our own list of the top places to which boomers retire; we are just going to give you links and descriptions to find the list(s) that you may view as most helpful. We have done the searching for you
Search engines seem to love “Top 10” and “Best of” articles. There are so many lists of “best places to retire” out on the internet these days, how can you know which are trustworthy, or what basis they use for selecting “the best”? Here, we are doing something different: We are not going to create our own list of the top places to which boomers retire; we are just going to give you links and descriptions to find the list(s) that you may view as most helpful. We have done the searching for you, and read through many of the sites claiming to know the best places to spend your golden years. Here are five of the most current and well thought out of all we reviewed.
1) Best Places to Retire – US News (http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/best-places-to-retire): This “best places” site is actually a collection of lists. Do you want to know the 10 sunniest places in the US? Or perhaps the 10 Best Places for Wealthy Retirees? You can find a wealth of information no matter what specifics you are using to narrow down your search.
2) The 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 – Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45glmi/time-for-a-move): We really like this site for a couple of reasons. First, it is absolutely current. Second, Forbes did their homework. They crunched data on more than 400 cities from every state in the nation. They used a formula including costs of living, tax structures, crime rates, availability of doctors, and recreational activities (good biking and walking trails, high levels of community volunteering). They also took into account the Milken Institute’s “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report, which even looks at such details as local investments in public and senior transportation. If you are someone who likes a lot of information and wants to know just where it comes from, this is a great “best of” list for you, in a convenient slideshow format.
3) 10 Surprisingly Best States for Retirement – Bankrate.com (http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/best-states-for-retirement.aspx#slide=1): This list – also a collection of slides – is for those who may want something different from the obvious Sunbelt retirement areas. Bankrate does not assume that when boomers retire, they all want warm climates and typical retirement communities. This list is 10 of the “unexpectedly best” states for retirement, arrived at by crunching a variety of data on cost of living, access to health care, inspiring landscapes, climate, cost of living, and post-retirement employment opportunities.
4) 10 Most Relaxing Cities to Enjoy Your Golden Years – Huffington Post Lifestyle (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/best-places-to-retire-10-cities_n_2957794.html: The title says it all: Huffington Post has collected a list of relaxing retirement destinations. They combed through some of the nation’s best small towns and cities to find those in which retirees can kick back and enjoy a stress-free retirement. If you are most interested in peace and quiet in your golden years, with lots of opportunity for cultural activities or outdoor recreation, check out this list.
5) 10 Great Places to Retire for the City Life – AARP (http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-02-2012/10-Great-Cities-to-Retire-AARP.html): Perhaps relaxation is not what you are looking for, and you are more interested in spending your retirement years experiencing nightlife, culture, and a lively social scene. One of AARP’s many lists of “best places to retire,” this one is for those who sincerely appreciate urban city living, and seek energy, excitement, and character-rich neighborhoods. Here they list cities with senior-friendly neighborhoods, and discuss the top restaurants, nightlife, and cultural attractions that may appeal to energetic retirees.
This month while on vacation in Asheville NC, we noticed on TripAdvisor that the number one rated activity was Asheville Food Tours. We made a call and went on the tour the next day and had a blast!
Back home we wondered if there were any food tours nearby and found one on Canton Street in Roswell GA. Our neighbors joined us and we did the Roswell Food Tour yesterday and loved it. Mariel was our guide and did an excellent job with everything. Everyone in our party was impressed with the Roswell Food Tour.
I had never even heard of Food Tours before this month but now am a big fan. Food Tours seem to be spreading across the country and are worth checking out.
What is a Food Tour?
A walking food tour with a local guide usually visits about 4 or 5 restaurants sampling courses at each and maybe visiting an olive oil store and/or chocolate shop as well.
Food tours normally take place in the less busy part of the day so you can get special attention. Our Asheville Food Tour was between 2 and 5pm and our Roswell Food Tour was between 4 and 7pm.
There were only 4 people on our Roswell Food Tour but 10 people on our Asheville Food Tour and I have heard of groups of 13 people. We liked the group of 10 people because we really bonded with new people but on the other hand the group of 4 with our private party was nice since we had the guide all to ourselves.
Foods Tours usually visit locally owned restaurants and the owner or manager comes out to speak with the group about the restaurants and some of their dishes.
There is some walking involved so wear comfortable shoes and an umbrella. Walking to each restaurants is nice and the guide will point out interesting things about the buildings or landmarks as you walk by.
The guide keeps the group on schedule moving between the restaurants and there is no waiting to get in as they are expecting your group and will have the food and drink ready to be served as soon as you sit down. That is nice!
The food is wonderful. You may get appetizers at one restaurant, a main dish at the next, more sides dishes at the next and a dessert along the way. The Asheville Food Tour gave us a coupon for 10% off any of the restaurants for visits within 5 days.
I already have the Athens Food Tour on my list. To find Food Tours just search the city name plus Food Tours. Here are some reasons I think you will like a Food Tour.
Ten Reasons Food Tours Are a Good Idea
1. Exciting and fun new experience. Feels like a vacation.
2. Great way to try new restaurants, especially in a new city.
3. Meet new people. People bond while having a great time.
4. Special attention – Seating without a wait at a reserved table. Food ready to serve. Menu selections made.
5. Great way to entertain visitors or friends.
6. Great thing to do when you are on vacation.
7. Learn about and sample interesting foods you never tried before.
8. Friendly and entertaining guide keeps a flawless schedule that keeps things interesting and fun.
9. Restaurant owner or manager will make you feel like a friend while giving you the background and specialties of the restaurant.
10. Learn historical facts about area and see interesting things