What is your present outlook? We are bombarded daily with unbelievable events and life conditions. Friends in assisted living facilities say: "We are locked up as if in prison." The news about the pandemic gives us hope.
Presidential election debates, campaigns and reporting make our heads spin. Whom do you believe?
Keep an open mind! Respect, reflect and consider. Through the years, we have all seen and heard good news and bad news. We must stay open and willing to study the other person’s views. Many have been challenged and inspired by the words of others.
R.L. Shape wrote: "Isn’t it strange how princes and kings, and clowns that caper in sawdust rings and common people like you and me, are builders of eternity? Each is given a list of rules; a shapeless mass, a bag of tools; and each must fashion ere life is flown, a stumbling block, or a stepping stone."
"As we grow older, we face issues that challenge many of our former beliefs and assumptions."
Terri Mifek in a daily meditation booklet "Living With Christ" continues: "Illness, death or severe disappointments may have left us reeling. The prayer forms we once found meaningful may no longer seem adequate. We need the courage to let go of the things we have outgrown and to trust in God."
Stay energized! Be optimistic instead of pessimistic! Be open to new ideas and perspectives. Understand the other person’s point of view without being opinionated. Look at things in a different way and shun complaints. Avoid being labeled "grumpy old man" or "cranky old lady." Accept others without initial judgment.
In the production "Tomorrow Man," actor John Lithgow recites a line: "What do you want to know?" Actress Blythe Danner responds: "I don’t know what I want to know. When I find out, I’ll let you know and go." What do you need to know? What do you want to know?"
The world is much more complex in so many ways compared to when we were children. Some of us have an emergency flip phone and others have the iPhone with access to the world. We might not be able to keep up with our grandchildren, but we are challenged to give it a try. Stay open-minded and enjoy a full long life.