All posts tagged: my opinion

Transitioning to Retirement

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I will be facilitating  a course through the local branch of the University of the Third Age starting in February. The topic of my six-week course (2 hours a week) is Transitioning to Retirement. I am fascinated with this topic following my own experience in adapting to life post full-time employment (at age 55). When I was working I used to see people in cafes as I rushed past them on my way to 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 (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 […]

Seeking a simple life …

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beautiful / flowers / Friends and family / Gratitude / Meaning of life and that stuff

When  it comes to what is important in life, I think the less complicated we make it, the better. Family, friends and good neighbours contribute to many of the simple joys we experience. Sunshine and access to nature are important too. No games of pretense to confuse our relationships with those around us – be who you really are! Maximise your strengths and curb your weaknesses where you can. We all have something positive to […]

Ideas, dreams and regrets

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Baby Boomers / creativity / Meaning of life and that stuff / social responsibility

For some time now I have been thinking about taking some sort of action in relation to raising awareness about the ageing of Baby Boomers and the need for attitudes (in general) to change. We can look at the ageing population as a burden on the government/community or we can look more positively at this cohort of people and somehow leverage off their knowledge, skills, experience and understanding for the betterment of our society. I […]

Any cheese – I mean mobiles?

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internet / The workplace / You must be kidding?

I want to upgrade my mobile phone. Now that doesn’t sound complicated, does it? I have a pre-paid phone but I am looking at changing over to a contract. I went to the Telstra Store and was approached soon after arriving. He only wanted my name though and told me I was second in the queue. I decided to browse my options and selected three phones that I wanted more information about. I browsed for […]


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creativity / I believe that... / I feel... / Mindfulness / Motivation

Life seems so much easier when we feel confident about what we are doing. Confidence doesn’t guarantee competence but it is a good start. Here are some thoughts about confidence … C is for capable. I have the basic knowledge to do the task at hand. O is for often. When I do something often I generally become more confident in my ability. N is now. I will focus on the task at hand, now, […]

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 […]

Who wants to be a housewife?

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Acceptance / creativity / I believe that... / I feel... / The workplace

There isn’t much talk today about being a housewife. In fact, it is often seen to be an offensive label. How can anyone be a wife of a house, after all? There are attempts to change the image to names such as domestic goddess or similar. Is it what we do when we are not in the paid workforce? But really … most of us live in houses and most of us like them to […]