What’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned this year? Hmmm… over the past few weeks, I’m going to say the biggest lesson would have to relate to the realities of aging.
I’ve come to understand recently that the numerical value of years of life seems to have little value on the quality of life we experience at any given time. At 78, my grandmother is in very poor health and continues to hang in the gray area of life. But, I know many others at 78 whose health is comparable to my own at 34. I’m inclined to say that state of mind appears to have a significant effect on this. Of course, exercising and eating healthy are sure ways to keep the body in optimal working condition too… <sigh>.
Other lessons I’ve learned about aging over the past several weeks includes the decline in overall function, like how difficult it gets to perform basic motor functions or maintain mental clarity. It’s a rather depressing sight to see someone going into shutdown mode, regardless of how long they’ve lived. It always somehow makes us feel better when we’re able to say they’ve “lived a long life.”
But, the more positive of these lessons is that you realize how important every moment is. And, in respect to the bigger picture, it’s a very fortunate thing to have been such a significant part of something so amazing.
Thanks for the inspiration WordPress!
This is a no-brainer… Pessimism doesn’t get results. It’s counter productive. It’s an excuse to give up.
If perspective is what molds action, I pick optimism every time! And, I’ve consistently been rewarded. By staying positive, things always work out the way I want. I simply don’t accept anything else.
Another excuse to be optimistic instead of pessimistic is that other people generally don’t enjoy working or hanging out with people that complain and whine or are negative in general. An interesting study backs up my claim… it’s summarized best by the idiom familiarity breeds contempt.”
“Pessimism never won any wars.” ~Dwight Eisenhower
“Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to personal failure.” ~Bill Clinton
“I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.” ~Clint Eastwood
“A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.” ~Oscar Wilde
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. ” ~Colin Powell
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” ~William James
PS: I’m enjoying the WordPress Post A Week initiative. Writing makes me happy, and I dig the topics they’re throwing out as inspiration.
If you want real reality, then following the supply chain is it… I think consumers would be surprised to see what goes into their “stuff” being produced. From design to distribution, I don’t think most people have a clue about what’s involved in getting even the simplest of items to market. I suppose taking on the entire supply chain might be shooting too big, but even something focusing on just the factory and outsourcing experience would be pretty “real” and no doubt entertaining.
I’m currently working with the marketing team at Pro QC to do a series of videos that focus on factory tours and such. But, a reality show would be awesome! I would have to wonder if having this level of insight would change consumer behavior.
Although I’ve already written my post for the week, I couldn’t help but put some thought into a suggestion the WordPress Daily Post had. They suggested sharing a photo of something you think expresses truth. Now, I can’t poetically say why but the first thing I thought of was the nautilus pattern, which is more scientifically explained as a logarithmic spiral. It’s something I’ve always found peaceful and honest, I suppose. Interestingly though, in mathematics, a self-similar object is exactly or approximately similar to a part of itself (i.e. the whole has the same shape as one or more of the parts). That’s pure truth, if you ask me.