Wisdom for Senior Citizens

A Few Words of Wisdom for Senior Citizens

The emotional part of aging is sometimes more difficult than the physical.  The older we get, the more time we seem to spend visiting the nursing home or rehab centers or worse yet, attending funerals. Do you sometimes feel that way? It’s hard to imagine we are at the age when so many of our friends are sick or dying.

It’s been a rough week around here. When I get stressed, I tend to reach for my friend Peggie Shealy’s autobiography, Feeling Safe. I am always thankful that Miss Peggie wrote that book. It’s a wonderful way to keep her wisdom nearby!

And today, the quote that reached out to me was
“No one else can make you happy. The people you love may die or disappear. Life goes on. Maybe not in the same way, but it goes on.”

Or remembering that my dad always said, “Life is for the living.”

Miss Peggie was right. Life does go on. And my dad was right. Life is for the living.  And wisdom for senior citizens is right in front of us — in our own life experience and memories.  We just have to stop and dig a bit through our rusty memory banks.

So what is my solution today? Well, for one thing, I will spend some time with my living friends this week and play with the grandchildren and laugh and enjoy life as much as possible.

Sound like a good idea?  It does help to have reminders around the house – your favorite quote on a mousepad, or a framed print.  I can easily remember wisdom my mama hung on the wall, can you?  Mama had a print that said, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry all by yourself.”   What is your favorite encouraging quote?

Find joy in your journey mouse padNative American Prayer Canvas PrintInspirational Quote Canvas PrintLife is a work of ART Watercolor


About jta

South Carolina grandmother who loves to write, dance, and visit with friends and family.
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4 Responses to Wisdom for Senior Citizens

  1. Holley says:

    Joan, both of the quotes you have posted have really touched on a raw nerve I thought I had sealed. Today has been a rough day on all fronts for some of us.

    I wish you only joy and happiness, though I know the other is never far away. Live your life filled with love. I wish I could say I have always done the same.
    .-= Holley´s last blog ..Shaping the Femme Fatale =-.

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  3. Aging can get pretty tough when you start losing friends. However, as with everything else, the right attitude can pull us through even the most difficult of times. It sounds like you’re choosing to focus on those aspects of your life that bring you joy. And, yes, I do think that sounds like a good idea!
    .-= Eileen Williams´s last blog ..Women Over Fifty—Fashion for Your Holidays! =-.

  4. Terri Lorah says:

    Joan, I totally agree. Your dad is a very smart man. Life is for living.
    It is so easy to get caught up in the things all around us, but if we cancan just remember to rejoice in all of the good things going on, then we can get through the sad stuff like dying, sickness, etc.

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