One Day At a Time!

How often do we hear that saying or for that matter say it to ourselves on any given day or during any given week?

Life today can be hectic but for the most part, enlightened people throughout the ages have understood sayings such as this. As a matter-of-fact, a more common saying which is more of a prayer than a saying is The Serenity Prayer, you know, the one that goes as follows:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

Most of us know or should be cognizant of the fact that all life takes place in the present, or more precisely, in this very moment. And as the saying goes, this moment is a gift which is why it is called the present.

Each of us no matter where we stand in the hierarchy of things all get the same 24 hours in a day. Let me clarify a bit. No matter what our circumstances – we each get the same 24 hours. Therefore, time is the one commodity all people get equally. What we do with those 24 hours is what determines whether we will be happy or sad, angry or peaceful, coolheaded or upset, you name it – our mood, no our attitude is ours and ours alone to choose.

Keeping the above in mind every day is one of the reasons why I do my best to make a list each and every day. The list keeps me focused and is my way to stay on track with what is important to me, not others. Checking off items on that list at the end of the day provides me with the assurance that what I am doing is what I consider to be important and that all else sort of becomes secondary.

My decision as to what would be the best use of my time, i.e., living in the moment, is what keeps me grounded and why I take “one day at a time!”

Other signs we may follow could be: “Live and Let Live”

                                                            “First Things First”

                                                            “Think, Think, Think”

Following such a philosophy does keep one grounded and, speaking for myself, quite content.

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Where is the Fun in That?

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When Is a Test Only a Test?

What does the above sentence mean? I have always been fascinated with various quotes and what they mean. Most definitions or comments pertaining to this statement have religious connotations. Seeing that my style of writing stays away from two subjects, namely religion and politics, I prefer to go with a quote by Tom Bodett (remember him – the Motel 6 guy – “We’ll leave the light on for you!”), who said:

“In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

Isn’t that what we face every day – new lessons. The secret is to learn from them which in many cases we do. True, in some instances, we wish we would have known the outcome before-hand but where’s the fun in that.

Believe it or not, at age seventy-seven, I am still learning and it is comical (shame on me) at times to watch our children or even others go through the process of learning some of life’s simple lessons.  You want to share your knowledge of the subject involved and many times do. But, sometimes it is best to keep one’s mouth shut and let them learn for themselves.

While it pains me to see my children go through some of life’s lessons – how shall I put it –  sometimes it is for the best. If you are like me, we seniors learn early on, life is much simpler without confrontation and family confrontations. While they do happen, fact is they aren’t the most fun things to go through.

At our age, the only test I want to take anymore, is the one that I take every morning – that of searching the obituaries to see if my name is there. If it is not, well – the lesson I learned for the day is that I have one more day to get it right!

Until next time!

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SEENAGER

Yet another of my crazy rants and raves that I thought I would share with you as it seemed rather appropriate for those of us that are “seniors” but truly do not feel our age.

Don’t like the title Senior Citizen – Let’s call ourselves “Seenager” (senior teenager)

Think about it:

We have everything we wanted as a teenager – only problem is it is 60 or so odd years later.

We no longer have to go to work or school (assuming of course that we aren’t working or becoming better educated).

We get an allowance every month (If that is how we want to look at our Social Security paycheck)

We have our own pads – Yay – Beacon Terrace!

We do not have any curfews (other than self-imposed ones)

For those of us still driving – we have a driver’s license and our own car.

The people we hang around with are no longer scared of getting pregnant and they do not use drugs  (unless pain medicine or caffeine counts as drugs)

And we are no longer pimply faced kids.

Life is great!

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Until next time!

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Why and Where Does the Time Go?

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As has been so evident by my absence from this blog I have been experiencing a dry spell lately. Part of the problem has been deciding how often to post. With our schedule being as crazy as it is at times, attempting to post on a daily basis is not an option which caused me to think about posting once a week. With that thought in mind, I then thought to myself – okay self – of the seven days in the week – which day would be best for you to set aside to post one of your crazy rants and raves. Seeing that we are home most Saturdays and Sundays (chore day and rest from our weekly go…go…go…schedule), I decided that Sundays will be the day I post to this site.

So, as I sit here pondering on what to share with those of you who are kind enough to follow my rants and raves, I think of how busy we sometimes are and wonder why that is? After all, we have been retired now since 1996 which means we have had twenty plus years to do all that we had ever wanted to do.   In searching for the answer, (why…. in retirement are we as busy as we allow ourselves to be), I came across a quote by Henry David Thoreau which pretty much asks the same question. The quote reads as follows:

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”Henry David Thoreau

Some time back I was in the habit of reading a different quote each morning and after reading it, if it appeared to be something that would be appropriate for what happened to be on my daily agenda, wrote the quote in my journal. The question posed by Thoreau pops up quite often in my thoughts primarily because I am constantly asking myself why I do the things I do each day, or in the words of Thoreau…..

”What are we busy about?”

When at home and it is time to leave the house to go to line dance practice – I know the reason why we will be busy for an hour or so.  The reason(s) are two-fold: One because we need the exercise and second (probably the main reason), it is fun to do. While, it is true, at times we do find ourselves saying: “Gee is today Line Dance practice again?” Especially on a day where we did not get a good night’s sleep the night before or it may be pouring outside. At times, we seniors would just prefer to be at home. But most line dance days we look forward to going because it is also a time to socialize with many of our friends not to mention the fun we have while dancing.

As I said, there was a time I used to start my day by entering one quote or another in my journal. But I have gotten away from recording such quotes and it is a habit I would very much prefer to get back to. Inserting a quote daily in my journal sort of enables me to put whatever is happening in life for us on that day in a truer perspective. Even more so if the quote is one that is somewhat profound. Just another way to reflect on why I’m doing the things I do each day.

Some individuals blog or write articles for an income – I blog for the sheer joy of sharing my “rants and raves,” as I like to call them, with others. In many cases, what I write is trivia or as I sometimes refer to it –  “useless information.” I have been known to choose some of the most absurd information I can find because I have found that it is crazy stuff like that, that tends to bring a smile to the face of the reader and quite possibly, for at least one brief moment or two, assists that individual in his or her escape from all the negative stuff television, radio, and the Internet provides us with. You know that stuff they like to call news or entertainment.

How does my day go when following this philosophy? In my opinion, pretty good. Each morning when I prepare my “To Do” list, which is yet another tool to make sure I am never bored in retirement, in reality, I am writing down what it is I intend to be busy about throughout the day.    Following this philosophy, I am reminded of  the many little tasks that – even though one is retired – still have to be done. Such a to-do list also gives me purpose for getting out of bed every day. A daily “to-do list” is – least ways in my opinion, a good way to avoid boredom in retirement. When you get right down to it, completing the many tasks found on such a to do list tells us at the end of the day what we have been busy about. We also need to keep in mind that – being retired – what we do not get done today (I sometimes go overboard on my list of things I would like to do), merely gets carried over to the next day.

In my humble opinion, having a list of things to accomplish on a daily basis goes a long way in enabling us to stay balanced in our everyday lives. Such an action is not only inspirational, but it provides us with  motivation to live each day to the fullest. Believe me when I say  “to do lists” do assist when one is retired and by creating one every day, a person should never become bored with retirement life. And if your days are like ours are, at the end of each day, hopefully you will feel as we do which is – well – we usually end the day by saying to ourselves:

“Life is good!”

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With that I will end this piece with yet another favorite quote of mine – this one being from Confucius who said:

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Until next time!

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Absence

Not much to say other than to explain why I haven’t been posting here.

First, we have been on a two week adventure without the benefit of the Internet.

Second, I have been working on and finally published my second book entitled:
My Spoof on the Unexpected Retirement: World’s Longest Coffee Break 

By the way, it is on Kindle and will be free for the next 24 hours.

Third, upon our return I caught the flu or cold bug and so have been under the weather.

Hope to get back up to speed shortly but as we age, these little distractions seem to take a bit longer to leave us and so it may be a few more days before I am up to speed.

I trust all my Word Press friends are doing well.  Take care!

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NONFUNCTIONAL CALENDAR

Here is my thought for today:

Ever feel like inventing something – but not wanting to be famous or anything like that – the invention would have to be something completely useless or nonfunctional.  Here’s a thought – Perhaps we could invent a nonfunctional calendar. I know exactly what is going through your mind – what do I mean by nonfunctional?  Well, each month would have 40 days instead of the usual 30 or 31; with that thought in mind each week would have 10 days. Oh, and let’s not list any of the days of the week, you know like Monday, Tuesday and so forth and so on. And for pictures – instead of great landscape scenes or for us guys – pictures of babes in bathing suits – we could use photos of random objects – you know like a rusty old wheelbarrow or a pile of broken concrete blocks. Something like this:

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

By now you must be thinking – is he well? To respond to that allow me to leave you with a quote by the late and great Robin Williams, who said:

“You’re only given a little spark of madness; you mustn’t lose it.”

I try real hard not to lose my little spark of madness.

On a different note, due to the holidays and all we have on our plates for the balance of 2017, this will be my last post for the year. Here is wishing all my fellow bloggers –

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe, and Healthy New Year!

Be back in 2018.

 

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What is a Drabble?

 

Over the summer I had two goals as they related to my writing – First was to make it a point to write 200 words a day and save same for possible editing at a later date to incorporate into yet another book I would like to write.

Another goal I had was to begin dabbling in “drabbles.”

A drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

With that thought in mind, I thought I would share one of my drabbles here on this site which will do two things:

Enable me to meet my goal of posting once a week here on my Word Press account while at the same time introducing you all to Drabbles.

Here is one drabble I wrote while on vacation over the summer:

“It is 4:30 am in the morning. Shortly I will be done with my paper route and off on a fishing trip. I climb the steps to the entrance of the apartment building.  I enter the building to drop three papers for the customers that live there. He is just standing there at attention – a soldier in full uniform – he doesn’t say a word – it’s almost as though he is dead. I drop the papers and run the rest of my route. Upon arriving home, I waken my mother and ask her a question – “Mom, have my hair turned white?”

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Hope you enjoyed this little piece of nonsense!  Until next time!

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What is a Back Burner?

Many people say: “those who think they are doing good by ‘multi-tasking’ are really only doing many jobs or projects at one time – but not necessarily to the best of their ability.”

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I used to multi-task and to some extent still do more than one thing at a time like glance over something I want to read while also watching a TV show. But when I want to truly occupy my mind, while doing a project around the house, I will allow a different project I am thinking about to mull around in the “back burner” of my mind. The back burner of our minds operates like the stove in our kitchen once the meal is prepared but not quite ready to serve. We move the pot to the back burner to simmer allowing all the ingredients to mix, blend, and simmer creating this wonderful tasty meal for others to enjoy.

Back burners operate like a slow cooker – you toss in various ingredients, mix them up, and then walk away from them for several hours. The less times you open the pot to check on how they are doing – the better the meal will taste once done.

Many times, when I have problems that need solving and aren’t so earth-shattering that they need to be attended to immediately, I toss the idea around in the back of my head – usually subconsciously – allowing the problem to simmer such as the meal in the crockpot. We may not know it, but our back burner is always there ready to help us in situations like this.  While we are scurrying around doing our daily tasks, this back burner – while quieter and softer than our everyday mind – is intelligently thinking of ways to solve the problem(s) we have no immediate answer for.

Taking things to task this way enables our brain to be utilized both while working on current projects and silently thinking about the problems we want to tackle a day, week, or month down the road. It is not meant to be used to procrastinate though. When we toss the problem onto our back burner – it is to obtain – at a later date – a solution to the problem. Not only can this method assist in solving many problems, it should also reduce the stress in  one’s life.

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Count to Ten!

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How many of us remember hearing one or both of our parents use the expression “Count to Ten” whenever they got angry? Back in the day, this was supposedly the sure-fire way to cool down when one was on the verge of becoming angry.

Today we are usually told to breathe – take a long breath – hold it in while saying one – exhale and then take another – hold it in and say the number two – and so on until you reach the number ten. Naturally if it is something that really has you frustrated and angrier than usual, you should probably do this until you reach the number twenty. Those of us who have meditated on occasion, might recognize that this is a form of meditation.  It is the systematic rhythm of counting and breathing that relaxes the mind so much so that it is almost impossible to remain angry once you have finished.

It is the oxygen intake you are getting due to the breathing in and out while counting that enables our brain to sort of relax by the time the entire counting process of one to ten or one to twenty is over enabling us to increase our perspective of the whole picture subsequently making the so-called “big stuff“ that created the problem or dispute in the first place to look like “little stuff.” Believe it or not, this little exercise works well whenever we get frustrated too. So, next time you find yourself – how shall I say – a little out of sorts with yourself or a project you are working on – try this counting exercise.

Actually, one could perform the exercise anytime during the day or week if for no other reason than to keep us calm and prepared for whatever might come next in our daily list of things to do. One doesn’t have to be angry to do it as it has a great calming effect and keeps us focused. Once you try it, you might just enjoy it as I do and sometimes just practicing it daily keeps me from losing my cool in the first place.

 

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Opinions

I Don’t Know Much About Anything,

But I Have An Opinion About Everything

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The above statement can be said about many people today not to mention those individuals with political aspirations. But, putting political aspirations aside, one thing that should be considered when discussing a subject such as this is that instead of paying so much attention to the actual measure of qualifying, more attention should be directed towards those doing the measuring. Back in the day when I was still working, there were many a time that I questioned whether my boss was qualified to do his or her job. But in all fairness to this last statement, I would also have to ask myself (which I did on many occasion) am I qualified to do mine? Did you ever stop and think: what qualifications did they use as a measuring stick to determine what qualifications to even look for in those candidates for the job? Which also begs the question – who made up this measuring stick and what qualified those individuals to be able to do so. Seem like a Catch 22 to you – it does me!

Case in point, many years ago when I first started my insurance career, I remember having to go on an interview wherein I was given an aptitude test to see if I had what it took to make a career in the insurance field. After taking the test and being escorted into the room with the person whose role it was to discuss the results of the test with me, the individual proceeded to inform me that I should look for another line of work as I would never make it in the insurance industry. That was back in the late 1960’s. My career in insurance consisted of twenty-eight years of actual working in the insurance industry and then another ten years of writing and teaching those desiring to make insurance their career.

Now, what was that question again?

 

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