All posts filed under: Health

A clumsy jump into retirement

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Acceptance / encore / Health / Holidays

The post below was written for an exercise in my creative writing class. I can’t do it any longer. It will kill me if I keep going. After all, it is only a job and there must be more to life than going through the motions and playing the games. The pay and conditions are good but they don’t make up for the emptiness of the soul in doing something that no-one cares about. The […]

Being ‘in the flow’

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Flow / Gratitude / Health / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Wisdom

I recently discovered an interesting book titled Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It was first published in 1990 by Harper and Row. Here is a description of the book I copied from Amazon.com (where I purchased the book). Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, […]

Health …

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Acceptance / emotions / Health / I believe that... / I feel... / seniors

I am thinking about ‘health’ for the past week. Not that I am sick or have any big revelations about it, but I am considering how we deal with whatever our health status is. Some people make a big deal out of minor ailments and yet some others are silent and brave about serious concerns. I believe that as we get older, the health system responds to us differently. This is when the doctor responds […]

What makes a ‘good life’ ?

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Acceptance / creativity / emotions / Friends and family / Health

I have been reflecting on the ingredients for a good life – what does it take? My thoughts went to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as in the diagram below. In reading about it on Wikipedia I found there is a new theory that has overtaken Maslow’s and it is the Attachment Theory. I am interested in finding out some more about that, but not tonight 🙂 I did a Google search on well-being and also found […]

The age-old questions

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Baby Boomers / encore / encore careers / Friends and family / Gratitude / Health / Meaning of life and that stuff / Wisdom / Wisdom too late

“Age is just a number,” says the well-worn adage. But is it a number you care about, or one you tend (or try) to ignore? Some people are really sensitive about their age and try to hide the truth from others – leave them guessing! For me, from an early age I looked older than my contemporaries. I think it is fair to say that trait has stayed with me so I just accept it. […]

Being prepared

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Acceptance / Dreams / emotions / Gratitude / Health / Mindfulness / Motivation / Philosophy / Wisdom

My son sent me a link to a website a while ago and I have since subscribed to it due to its simple wisdom. There is a link below to the Zen Habits site and topic of Being Prepared for Anything. The site offers a seven point Survival Kit using the following headings: 1. Mindfulness 2. Watch your internal response 3. See what you’re holding on to 4. Let it go 5. Respond appropriately 6. […]

Things were not as they should be

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Friends and family / Health / seniors

My elderly aunt was being cared for in the dementia ward of the local retirement village. It was about four years ago that I visited her from Western Australia. She had very few personal items with her and she asked me to go to her home and bring some toiletries etc back for her. The staff also gave me a short list of items she needed. I opened the door to her home – it […]

Five ways to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed

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Acceptance / flowers / Health / Mindfulness / Nature

Here are some things that work for me when I feel overwhelmed … 1. Close your eyes and listen … try to hear sounds nearby and then further and further away. Focus on listening without judgement. 2. Stop what you are doing and focus on a small task – something that you can make a start on immediately. Decide to focus on that task only for a short period of time. It could be for […]