While visiting my mother this week, I began to think about aging. It’s pretty obvious that people become more entrenched in their ways as they get older. You’re crazy if you think that someone in their eighties is going to evaluate their MO and start doing things differently. I asked myself how I can be pro-active to set in motion the quality of life that I want to enjoy now, as well as in the future.
Beliefs and attitudes contribute to our physical and mental health. Thoughts about money, body, self-worth and personal power play an important role in the quality of life at any age. What beliefs do I want to nourish to support my peace of mind? What qualities do I want to cultivate now that will serve as companions as I age?
Here are some ideas:
Keep wonder and curiosity alive.
Listen, choose change, be able to adapt to changes that I didn’t choose.
Maintain a balance between cardio, weight, and meditative forms of exercise (such as qigong)
Honor other people’s choices, and know that I am free to make my own.
Know that everyone has the power to focus energy and attract life experiences.
Cherish, forgive, appreciate, laugh.
Be the innocence and authenticity of children.
Have a respectful, kind, considerate relationship with myself and others.
Value my experiences and wisdom that I have gained from them.
How about you? I’d love to hear your ideas.