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It Goes On

February 17, 2013



“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost

Life is always in motion, constantly changing, moving forward and evolving. It’s a series of challenges and situations to be solved—one way or the other. When you have a plan for your life, it helps you experience the things that are most important to you. Our plans may not always work out, but life is much better if we have something to guide and motivate us as we travel the path.

When you don’t have goals with timelines, you end up with no direction and limited success. Life planning is an ongoing process that changes based on your desires and aspirations. And as we age, having a plan is even more important.

Times have changed. Getting older doesn’t mean we aren’t vibrant and healthy and able to contribute. If you eat well, exercise and continue to learn, you can add value at any age. It’s the perceived limitations that society places in our heads about aging that become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Challenge those false beliefs. Keep moving and always have a plan of action—a vision of where you want to go and what you want to do in that space between being alive and being done.

It’s up to each of us to figure out what we want to accomplish—free of societal influences.

So take time to create a vision of the future you’d like to live. Don’t accept the preconceived notions of how you should age. You’re the only one who can make that choice.

Enjoy the road ahead—it can be amazing!

“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.” Jules Renard

Return to Sender?

June 28, 2012


Truth can come to us in many ways if we’re open to new learning—but it can be hard to embrace when it differs with our current thinking.

This quote from Carl Sagan addresses the conflict between truth and beliefs—how fear and pain make people resistant to change:

“We kill each other, or threaten to kill each other, in part, I think, because we are afraid we might not ourselves know the truth, that someone else with a different doctrine might have a closer approximation to the truth.

Our history is in part a battle to the death of inadequate myths. If I can’t convince you, I must kill you. That will change your mind. You are a threat to my version of the truth, especially the truth about who I am and what my nature is.

The thought that I may have dedicated my life to a lie, that I might have accepted a conventional wisdom that no longer, if it ever did, corresponds to the external reality, that is a very painful realization.

I will tend to resist it to the last. I will go to almost any lengths to prevent myself from seeing that the world view that I have dedicated my life to is inadequate.”

The answers are out there—if we’re willing to accept the messages.

“Truth is universal. Perception of truth is not.” Anonymous

Aren’t you going to open it?