Recognize and Manage Life’s Transitions

The guided meditation at yoga class this morning began with a short discourse on how to recognize and manage transitions.  The yoga teacher referred to sudden transitions in temperature as the cold spring weather suddenly turns summer-like and then gets chilly again. She  reminded us that the change from day time highs of 10 Celsius […]

Make your life a ‘work of art’ by living well

“Art is the proper task of life“ — Friedrich Nietzsche Nietzsche’s 19th century writings on philosophy and the meaning of existence encouraged people to live artistically, attaining satisfaction with the self through adhering to aesthetic values and creating works of art and poetry that capture and convey some form of beauty. Did he mean that […]

How Will You Celebrate UNIDOP?

UNIDOP or United Nations International Day of Older Persons happens on Sunday, October 1.  In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as a day to celebrate the contributions seniors make to society. Seniorszen blog https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/26/celebrate-seniors-october-1 notes that the theme for 2017 is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and Participation of […]

The Person I’ve Become

Since retiring in 2010, I marvel at the person I’ve become.  I look back at my younger self and realize how much I’ve changed and evolved. I’m gradually feeling calmer, kinder, even happier as I grow older. Calmness The sense of calm comes from good health habits.  I cook and eat nutritious whole foods, get regular […]

Laugh lines — Are they beautiful?

When discussing the joys and hazards of aging, we sometimes hear the comment that laugh lines are beautiful. Is the comment sincere?  Is it authentic? Or, is it ingratiating and falsely flattering? Is there an implied criticism of how you look? Too often we look at ourselves and say something like, “I look so old”. […]

Thoughts on Turning 70

As my birthday approaches, I have many thoughts on turning 70.  It seems that milestone birthdays — especially those that mark another decade merit reflection. I’ve now lived seven decades of my life.  It’s truly a time for reflection!  I’m looking back at old journals as I can’t recall each of these important decade birthdays. […]

Dealing with change

Dealing with change in retirement is important. Like most people, I like to think that I’m good at dealing with change. I can adapt. But recently, I had to confront myself.  Our niece was visiting us last month. The conversation turned to tactics for protecting the brain and keeping it active to assist in warding […]

FOGO and The Art of Aging

What is FOGO and how does it relate to the art of aging? Let’s begin with the easy part.  FOGO is the short form for Fear of Getting Old. Getting old is inevitable. For many, FOGO begins in teenage years, accelerates with every decade, and becomes more of a pre-occupation if you are fortunate to […]

Retirement Happiness — Staying Relevant

Staying relevant is important for retirement happiness. The world changes everyday.  Most often we attribute the pace of change to technology.  But there are also legal changes, economic changes, language changes, style changes. When there is no need to prove professional competence in the workplace, staying relevant and abreast of changes is challenging.  Without interaction […]