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The Water We Swim in.

I recently heard a powerful expression, “We no longer recognize the water we swim in.” The context of the statement was failing to appreciate how good we have it or acknowledging our many blessings that we may take for granted. This message is stated in many ways, but the primary intent is the encouragement to have a grateful heart. We truly need to count our blessings. So often we fall into our daily habits and challenges. Life seems at times to be a struggle and we become numb to the blessings we swim in every day. Can you imagine a stranger that is poor, hungry and deprived walking into our home and seeing our abundance! That person would probably see us as rich and affluent beyond

Walking Home

A powerful quote from Ram Dass says, “We’re all just walking each other home.” The quote brings tears to my eyes. The mental picture of walking someone home is gripping. The very act brings to mind safety, concern, security, love, camaraderie, friendship. Did you ever walk home with a friend from school and have so much fun, that at your destination the two of you decided to walk to the other one’s home? The pleasure was in the journey, not the destination. Did you walk your children to and from class the first few days of the school year? Have you ever walked with a stranger who has lost their way? Showing someone the way is a much greater kindness than just telling them. Giving di

Borrowing Brains

Woodrow Wilson said, “I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.” What a smart man! That’s why people study and do research, right? We simply do not have the time and resources to become experts at everything. There are some critical questions we face in life that we need “more brains” to answer. I remember the day when my dad started reading “Consumer Report.” The magazine debuted in 1936 and published reviews and comparisons of consumer products based on results from its in-house testing laboratory. It is interesting that the magazine accepts no advertising, pays for all the products it tests, and as a not-for-profit organization, has no shareholders. We call that “u

Geronda

What if someone called you, Geronda? Or if you are female, what if someone called you Gerontissa? I think it has a wonderful ring; it sounds mysterious and a little racy. Actually, it means old man or old woman in Greek. As a Senior traveling in Greece, you might not know if it was complimentary or derogatory? Words are containers; the contents differ greatly by definition, context and the person speaking. Consider these titles: Senior, Elder, Oldster, Pensioner, Patriarch, Chief, Paterfamilias, Matriarch, Progenitor, Crone, Sage. Does the title create an image or convey a message? Which do you prefer? Much is written these days about what older people want to be called, especially t

The Value of Slow

In the book, ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, author Rachel Joyce tells the fictional story of a man named Harold Fry that is making a pilgrimage on foot to see a dying friend. His journey is over 600 miles! It evolves into a story of transformation not about his method of transportation! One particular line struck me - now that he had accepted the slowness, he took pleasure in the distance he covered. What a thought-provoking line as we apply it to aging. As our physical abilities change we may have to consider what blessings are in disguise. Our culture thrives on the importance of speed, strength, brainpower, shrewdness et.al. And if we’re not careful, we may feel that as t

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