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||June 5, 2005|
Sorting Keepsakes From Junk
I recently moved into a new place in the city. It has been a 6 month process of getting boxes out of storage, going through all of my things and finding the appropriate places for keepsakes. All of this brought up a lot of thoughts, such as what is a keepsake and what is junk and how does this relate to my life.
I have a lot of small nick knacks and trinkets that I have carried around with me for years. Such as things I have gotten as gifts from friends, family and acquaintances. I had the opportunity to go through all of these this weekend. I came upon an old photo album. What particularly caught my interest is old pictures of myself. I looked into the eyes of that person posing for the camera and thought "if I could just have a conversation with that person I was", what would I say right now.
I saw a picture of myself with my parents at my high school graduation in 1978. Me with my long hair, dad with a full head of hair and mom without gray with big 70's circa sun glasses. It was like an episode of "The 70's Show" with me and my folks as the cast. What would I say to that 18 year old who was full of a lust for life, feelings of rebellion, insecurities and a sense of immortality? I would tell him to "believe"; believe in yourself and know that everything that brings you pain surely passes and makes you stronger. I would tell him to take risks and that it is far better to regret the things you have done rather that to regret the things you haven't done.
The miracle of life is a beautiful flowing stream. Sometimes it is a rich indulgence to look back into the past to appreciate where you are today no matter where it is. Today, dig out a few old photos and write down what you would say to yourself. Then save it with with photo until the next time you see it and observe what has changed.
Above Your Current Situation and Plan Your Future
Your Current Situation
City A represents the past and City B represents the future. Where you are at this moment represents the present. Now, imagine that you could rise above yourself, way up into the air, thousands of feet. At a certain point of altitude, you would be able to see City A, yourself on the road, and City B, all at once.
Your Past, Present and Future Together
These Ideas Into Action
Second, look forward into the future and decide where you want to be in 3-5 years. What could you do today to move faster in that direction?
“Exercise can prevent osteoporosis, cut your risk of heart disease, combat diabetes and ease arthritis pain.”
By age 65, nearly half of all Americans lack the brawn needed to lift even a 10-pound weight. But research on the elderly reveals that significant gains in strength and muscle mass are possible in only a few weeks of exercise. In one Tufts University study, a group of frail elderly nursing-home residents, aged 86 to 96, were recruited into a carefully supervised weight lifting program of three sessions a week. Over eight weeks, the participants increased their strength by an average 175 percent and walking speed by 48 percent. A regular program of aerobic exercise and strength training not only allows you to be more active and more mobile, it also reduces the risk of many, if not most, of the diseases associated with old age. Exercise can:
Prevent osteoporosis by building bone mass. Bones can weaken with age, becoming thinner, more porous and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis affects 38 percent of people over age 75, and 57 percent over age 80. Each year, more than 1.5 million elderly Americans take a fall and wind up with painful cracks (most often in the hip). Many never walk again. But like muscle strength, bone strength can be preserved - and osteoporosis prevented - by lifting weights. Bones respond to the stress of exercise by adding hard calcium. At least two-dozen studies show that weight lifters break fewer bones. The younger you are when you start lifting, the denser and tougher your bones will tend to be. But even someone introduced to lifting iron in the golden years can benefit. Several studies on formerly inactive elderly (up to age 70) demonstrate that starting a lifting program can halt bone loss and even result in bone gain.
Cut your risk of heart disease. It's the most common cause of death in America - and one of the most preventable. Regular aerobic exercise conditions the heart and can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Weight lifting also seems to multiply the positive effects of aerobic exercise. In one study at Tufts, beginning walkers who didn't lift weights were compared to beginning walkers who did. Both groups logged the same number of miles, but after 12 weeks of monitoring, the weight lifters showed much greater improvement in strength and heart-protective aerobic capacity.
Combat diabetes. "Among those 65 to 75 years old, 30 percent are estimated to be diabetic, and diabetes can lead to heart disease, cataracts, kidney failure and nerve damage. The most effective way to combat [adult-onset] diabetes is to lose weight," says William Evans, Ph.D., of the department of geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A combined program of strength training and regular aerobic exercise will help you shed those crucial pounds. Exercise also increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows glucose (blood sugar) to get into your cells, and it is the body's inefficient use (or lack of production) of insulin that gives diabetics their woes.
Ease arthritis pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, hits some harder than others, but it attacks nearly everyone over age 65 to some degree. Exercisers, however, take the lightest hits. The American Medical Association affirms that those with osteoarthritis can and should work out. Numerous studies show that those who do strengthening exercises, along with aerobic exercise, can say goodbye to much of their joint pain. And that holds true for those who have rheumatoid arthritis, the second-most common form of the disease. In one study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, elderly men and women afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis were introduced to high-intensity lifting. After 12 weeks, they were asked to describe their levels of joint pain. The lifters reported an impressive 21 percent drop in pain and 38 percent less fatigue.
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“I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.”
-- Stephen Covey
I was eating lunch with a friend who shared that she disliked one of the vegetables on my plate and hadn’t eaten any since childhood. I suggested that sometimes our tastes change and maybe she could give it another try. She did, and to her surprise, she enjoyed it. Her world became a little richer as she opened to new possibilities.
Is there something in your life you might be willing to give another try?
“Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.”
-- Leo Buscaglia
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