My Mother-in-law will turn 84 this week. She’s still able to live on her own in her own apartment but of course has a few issues to deal with as she gets older. As she’ll attest, “my mind is not what it used to be”! Last week a social worker popped in to give her a checkup and make sure she has the mental faculty to safely live on her own. I’m happy to say, she passed the test.
The social worker was explaining to us that one of her common procedures is to ask the elderly to assess their own life. They are simply testing the person’s cognitive skills to see if they can remember and articulate about their past. They are not concerned with the actual answer but instead if the person can do it or not.
She reported anecdotally that … Read More »
“There are people who prefer to say “Yes,” and there are people who prefer to say “No.” Those who say “Yes” are rewarded by the adventures they have, and those who say “No” are rewarded by the safety they attain. There are far more “No” sayers around than “Yes” sayers, but you can train one type to behave like the other.” – from “Improv Wisdom” Try this, say “yes” to everything today. Accept all invitations, say “yes” to requests from your children, “yes” when people ask for a ride home, “yes” to a beggar asking for money, “yes” to your honey-do list, “yes! yes! And yes!” Put your preferences aside today, it may be uncomfortable, but try it out for the adventure of it. (You may want to avoid going to a car dealership as the only caution)
“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not achieved by avoiding danger (which is impossible), but by calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” – Machiavelli
“Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization, distraction, and acts of self-sedation. If tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. Prisons would stand empty. The alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with the junk food, cosmetic surgery, and infotainment businesses, not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and the medical profession from top to bottom. Domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage, and dandruff.” adapted from “The 4-hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss and “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
“Do the things you have always wanted to do but didn’t because you tricked yourself into believing that you were too young, too old, too rich or too poor. Take time to reflect on what might be keeping you from the life you really want. Fear is nothing more than a mental monster of your own creation. Methodically search for then destroy every fear that has secretly slid into the fortress of your mind by doing the very thing you fear the moment it rears its ugly head. This alone will give you enormous confidence, happiness, and peace of mind.” – Robin Sharma from “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”