“Positively Old” Celebrate Their Rebirth Every Year

No matter how old we are, there is a wonderful thing that happens this time of year—we put the past behind us and embrace the new year with hope and enthusiasm. Our New Year celebrations reflect the life cycle of man, a cycle of birth, progression, regression, death and then renewal on and on for eternity.

I attended a funeral of a 77-year old wife, mother and grandmother yesterday. During the eulogy, they explained how she had held her newborn granddaughter in her hands the very morning of her death. The family is simultaneously mourning the death of their mother and celebrating the next generation of their bloodline.

New Year’s Eve is the time when we reflect (and sometimes mourn) the closing of one year of our life, while at the same time we resolve to make the coming year better.  We begin anew with new resolutions and a clean slate as if we have, in fact, been mythically reborn. Hope springs eternal.

I know that many people abstain from creating new goals or resolutions for the coming year because they assume they won’t keep them. I applaud people who take this first annual step toward self improvement by setting some resolutions. First of all, every life coach will tell you that without committing your goals to paper you will never attain them. It is the clarity of setting the goal that helps broadcast it to the universe, where it can be nourished and grow.

Secondly, just as history and medical technology evolve and we are now able to do things we weren’t able to do even a decade ago, you never know when this may be the year that you keep that resolution that you failed at the past ten years. People do change, and a factor in healthy aging, particularly for those over 50, is continuing to embrace those changes and use them to move forward.

Thirdly, even if you don’t reach your goal during the coming year, isn’t the risk of failure worth the potential for complete success or at least a step in the right direction? And so what if you fail, that’s all part of the ritual. You never know what will happen, and THAT is what creates the energy of life. It’s not in the knowing; it’s in the unknown and the untried…at any age or stage of life.

Of course, there are ways to set and attack goals for ourselves that deliver a higher chance of success. Several practical tips are included in this article posted on Home Care Florida.

If you need a little help in setting realistic goals as you get older, check out this post on AssociatedContent.Com entitled Top 10 2010 New Year’s Resolutions for Senior Citizens. Of course, you already know how I feel about Resolution #10.

And I feel that most of you, my fearless readers, can set at least one serious goal that will stretch you. Two of my big goals for the coming year are to: 1) become fluent in Spanish (Rosetta Stone help!); and 2) grow the audience of my Positively Old blog/site to 100 times what it is today. You can spot check me on these at the end of the year.

Now it’s your turn. What are you willing to commit to for 2011? How will you be reborn?

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you each a very positive 2011!

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4 Responses to ““Positively Old” Celebrate Their Rebirth Every Year”
  1. Janet Moritt says:

    For the New Year, Shelly and I have commited to adopting a shelter dog, we are in the process of looking at a few shelters, we know it is a commitment of many years and were happy to do it

  2. Very funny, Roger. I don’t remember seeing you much in the Tenderloins of downtown San Fran, but then again, I didn’t hang out there much myself. Glad to hear you’re getting philanthropic, and that your creativity is still as well and active as ever. 🙂
    P.S. I must say I’ve never trusted anyone who types in all caps. I can see my theory holds. 🙂

  3. Marilynn Cronin says:

    I certainly know about mixed emotions. On 9/11 we stood in the birthing room as my granddaughter was born as we watched the horror on TV, and our son-in-law was sent to NY with who knew what was happening. We celebrate her birthday every year with a sense of being blessed and praying for those who died that day and their families. She is now old enough to know what was happing that day but doesn’t fully comprehend.

    The new year is always a time of re-energizing, making resolutions, and hoping for a better year than the one before for yourself, your family, friends, and the world at large

    I pray for peace, health, prosperity, and joy to all!

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