Thoughts Matter Getting Older

by | Sep 24, 2018 | Mental Health

Thoughts matter getting older. Greek philosopher Marcus Aurelius quotation “Our life is what our thoughts make it” is on my bathroom sink. Gratitude, peace, and fulfillment are thoughts to create a meaningful life.

Notes in a gratitude journal is a reminder to live a meaningful life. Life doesn’t have to be a struggle.  Many times what you are grateful for today can override the bad things that happen during the day.

Leaving the Y after my work out a toddler with the cutest smile held the door for me. My heart smiled. It was obvious holding the door was very important.  Many times I’ve thought about that day. Our memory can be challenging getting older. Neurosurgeon, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, says paying attention to what’s happening is good for our memory.

Before my daughter, Sherri transitioned in 2014 to the heavenly home she gave family members a thank you card for supporting her during health challenges. Printed on the card were verses from the Bible in Philippians 4:4-9.

Philippians 4:8

“ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. ‘Whatever you have learned peace will be with you.” Thank you, Sherri.

The lyrics in Marcy Gray’s song “Beauty in the World” and Louis Armstrong “It’s a Wonderful World” are thoughts about hope.   

I know you’re fed up. Like a lead up for us. All they talk about us. What is going down? What’s been messed up for us? When I look around, I see blue skies. I see butterflies for us.”

I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

In spite of us, it is a wonderful world.

Finding fulfillment think about life experiences that bring satisfaction. My friend told me when I have a bad day think about my trip to Israel with my daughter. The trip to Israel was awesome and life-changing.

Here’s how to think about what matters getting older.

  • Read powerful quotations or a good book to think about what matters.
  • Start a gratitude journal.
  • Find peace in small things during the day.
  • Discover or rediscover abilities that bring meaning to your life.
  • Listen to music that soothes your soul.

It’s your life! Think about what matters!

Blessings,

Dr. Barbara

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