“Healthy aging can be summed up by this moto: Stay vertical and move forward with a sense of humor and an inquisitive, creative mind.”
Creative and vibrant people, whether they be elders or any age, inspire me….which then brings joy into my life. The short 7-minute video below came to my attention today and I thought it a perfect addition to the 31-Day Joy & Laughter Project.
Every single one of us will be facing challenges as we age and of course an inevitable transition out of our present bodies. Barbara Beskind is on a mission, already in her 90’s, to have as much quality of life as possible before that happens and to enhance other people’s lives while she is still here.
Barbara defines “Uber Elder” as “Someone 95 and beyond who is living a fulfilling and purposeful life.”
She is proving that in her own life by working with a well know Silicon Valley Engineering firm called IDEO as, what she calls, a “conceptual designer” to help design equipment for vision and hearing loss, mobility, balance and memory loss.
On no prescription medications and actively going to a fitness center 3 days a week after many years of walking at least 2 miles a day she exemplifies what an Uber Elder is. Take a few minutes to watch the video below and find out what she has designed to replace walkers….and why.
A delightful and playful sense of humor she does have….and a presence that inspires!
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As elders with a long life behind us and not as much embodied life before us, and as humans on the planet Earth at this time, we are being faced with incredible challenges that compete to take our attention.
A couple of days ago I realized I no longer choose to have my attention taken by the fear, doom and gloom broadcast daily, whether on our smart phones news feed or while talking to others. I am weary of it all and need a higher vibration energy bath!.
It is not that I don’t want to know what is happening in the world, but instead the question I am posing to myself, and to you, every day is – where do we want to place our attention? We most always have a choice.
For the month of December I am placing attention on joy, laughter, creativity and acts of kindness as a experiment to see what unfolds. Seeking out and being aware of moments of joy sometimes hidden in the deep pockets and lining of each and every day that seem to get passed over without even looking back. They are always there.
Each day in December you will find a small nugget of joy, humor, creativity or small act of kindness that found me and pulled my attention which will be posted here. I invite you to join me and share your experiences and what you noticed so that we may spread it around! (Please use the “Comment” section below).
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