I recently received an e-mail from my friend, Joan. I miss seeing her at church but am so glad she stays in touch. The message regarded taking good care of yourself.
First, it reads: Take a 10–30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant. I always do one of these. I smile. The next one has never been a part of my routine, as good as it sounds: Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to. The next suggestion is: get plenty of sleep.
This I can do, if I remember: When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to________ today.’
Live with the 3 E’s—Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. This one is no problem at all. This is a great idea: Watch more movies, play more games, and read more books than you did last year. Always pray—always!
Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Dream more while you are awake. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants. Try to make at least three people smile each day. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life. Invest your energy in the positive present moment. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. Go on and burn those special scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china, and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. Forgive everyone for everything. What other people think of you is none of your business. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides remember?!
The final line read: Live, Love, Laugh. Life’s A Gift… Unwrap It! Can you think of anything better than that?
Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.