You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. (Johnny Cash)
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. (Tom Landry)
I recently saw a video on Facebook – a young man (teenager) was skinny and wanted to build up his physique. He had a goal. One day, he decided to take steps toward that goal. He started working out. It wasn’t easy. At first, he felt like a failure, because he couldn’t even do a pull up. He didn’t give up. After a year of pushing himself, he reached his goal. He was no longer a skinny teen; he now had an enviable physique. And he had learned an important life lesson. He realized that failure is a key to success. A goal is simply that, unless we take action, accept our failures; and never give up.
I need to take heed of that lesson. How about you? Tweet
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. (Toni Morrison, Beloved)
How wondeful it is to have forever friends. 44 years as friends and still going strong.Tweet
Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – 6/26/15
Bea’s Buzz for Friday
Last Thursday Bea and her hubby dragged themselves out of bed at 4 in the morning so Bea could catch the 5:20 a.m. bus to Chicago to visit her daughter. Arrival time in Chicago was 10:15 a.m. Bea planned on spending the whole day exploring the local neighborhood until her daughter got home from work.
The train was chugging along so smoothly, Bea texted Mr. B., bragging that she’d sure to be reaching Union Station on time! A few minutes later, that fantasy came to a quick halt, along with the train.
Just outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Amtrak #351 slowed to a crawl (a bad sign) then stopped, in the middle of nowhere. The conductor announced that there would be a delay, due to some kind of incident occurring on the tracks ahead. Even worse, he didn’t know when we’d get back “on track” to our destination.
Now I’m going to share a little secret: Bea is not a patient person. And as the train sat there on the tracks, Bea recalled a train delay several years before, when on her way to Chicago with family, the six hour train ride turned into ten l-o-n-g hours. Bea, a type A personality, tends to get wound up and ticked off in these types of situations.
This time, however, Bea just happened to be reading the most current edition of Oprah magazine, and it just happened to be open to an article titled Hang Loose, which wasn’t about going bra-less. This article was about r-e-l-a-x-i-n-g, and Bea had just read the #3 tip: “Relax into whatever’s happening.” (Coincidence? I think not). The point of that tip is that what happens in any given moment is not necessarily in our control. What is in our control is how we deal with it. (You know, that whole attitude thing).
Not only that, but a very kind lady across the aisle, travelling with her husband and daughter, offered Bea some cherries and little cracker sandwiches to make the delay more palatable! This lady was obviously prepared for this kind of occurrence, and made the best of it by being nice to others.
This was an “ah-ha” moment for Bea, sitting on this stopped train (the delay was a couple of hours). Instead of reacting in her usual type-A way, she ate her snacks, finished the Oprah article, listened to music on her Ipod (and managed not to sing aloud to the songs, knowing that she would frighten her fellow train passengers with her voice) and started reading a book she’d brought along. Ahhh, serenity now. (What? You don’t remember that Seinfeld episode? https://youtu.be/auNAvO4NQnY)
By the way, Bea had a great time in Chicago.
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“I must do something” always solves more problems than “something must be done.” (Author Unknown)
Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. (George Washington Carver)
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. (Albert Einstein)
Bea Boomer’s Vital Aging Project – Day 66 – 6/15/15
1. At breakfast, eat calcium and vitamin D fortified bread and cereals, along with fortified orange juice. Top your cereal with almond, rice, or soy milk. Silk almond milk comes in a nice variety of flavors and offers more calcium than cow’s milk.
2. Don’t forget your greens! Dark greens, such as broccoli, kale, collard greens and bok choy are all good food options to boost your calcium levels.
3. Love fish? Try salmon for a calcium boost. A mere 3 ounces of salmon provides 181 milligrams of calcium.* (The recommended daily allowance is 1000 milligrams of calcium each day, along with 600 IUs of vitamin D for those of us over 50)
4. Nuts, especially almonds, brazil nuts and peanuts. Nuts rank high in other nutrients as well.
5. Don’t forget to move that body! Walk, climb stairs, lift weights – We need 30 minutes of some type of weight-bearing exercise at least five days every week to keep those bones strong. Regular physical activity helps us in too many ways to count.
Calcium Thieves to Avoid:
- Cola products – The phosphoric acid may prevent proper calcium absorption.*
- Processed, canned and fast foods, as well as other salt laden foods.
*AARP, the Magazine. March 2015. Boost Your Bone Health in Your 50s
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Dreams don’t have to die, just because we age. We can keep them alive, simply by maintaining our enthusiasm for living, even as we grow older. Why not create a painting, write a book, learn a new language, or take a stand for a cause that’s important to you?Tweet