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Blog #620 SPRING

First Day of Spring

https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox#

Today, I am really relying on the linked page – all of the material to the line are from the Almanac linked page.

The spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Astronomically speaking, the first day of spring is marked by the spring equinox, which falls on March 19, 20, or 21 every year. The equinox happens at the same moment worldwide, though our clock times reflect a different time zone. And, as mentioned above, this date only signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere; it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Interestingly, due to time zone differences, there isn’t a March 21 equinox in mainland U.S. during the entire 21st century! Plus, we won’t see a March 21 in the world again until 2101.

Meteorologically speaking, the official first day of spring is March 1 (and the last is May 31). Weather scientists divide the year into quarters to make it easier to compare seasonal and monthly statistics from one year to the next. The meteorological seasons are based on annual temperature cycles rather than on the position of Earth in relation to the Sun, and they more closely follow the Gregorian calendar. Using the dates of the astronomical equinoxes and solstices for the seasons would present a statistical problem, as these dates can vary slightly each year.

Observe nature around you!

  • Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.
  • Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
  • Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh?
  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips, and spinach.
  • Of course, the longer days bring warmer weather! Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
  • Ready, set, plant! March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the best planting dates according to your local frost dates

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So spring is here!!  (at least according to the sun.  The weather people prefer Winter as December, January and February; Spring as March, April and May; Summer as June, July and August, and Fall as September, October and November.  

I LOVE spring – the new life, the flowing trees, lilacs, green grass, fresh smells!!!  

So, today, I am closing with Edvard Grieg’s “Last Spring” (of course, this was originally in Norwegian)

Yet once again I could see winter leave and springtime advancing.
Buds soon appeared on hedge and tree and flowers were dancing.  
Life in its beauty once again I see; but must from it sever;
Sad then of heart I wonder if this be the last spring forever.
Green was the grass and the flowers all burst forth in brilliant array.
I hear the song of spring, of spring and of summer.

Grieg in the northern climate of Norway had to love spring – after the long winter.  As a senior person, I reflect on the verse “I wonder if this be the last spring forever”.  

But, everything is ‘bursting forth in brilliant array’!!!  Yes, this finally is SPRING!!! (For most of my life l lived in areas of cold, snowy winters and spring is such a promise and now IT IS HERE!!!

Love to all!!!

Bruce

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Blog #619 Parenting

Parenting

I’m going ‘off-topic’ today.  I generally have a link from an article and use that as a springboard for my blog.  But, today, I’m going into parenting – without a link (although I’m sure I can find a link).

My reason is clear.  Today, March 19 was my mother’s birthday.  And, if you follow a religious calendar, it is also St. Joseph’’s Day.  Maybe both are cause for thinking of parenting – and in particular my parents.

My mother would have been 106 years old today.  She died at age 98 – a ripe old age in 2007. My father died at age 97.  In my family we have longevity. (I talked about aging recently – and living longer.  Many of my reflections about aging come from my parents.)

Let’s see.  My parents were born in 1912 and 1913 – with my father being a little older than my mother.  They were teenagers when the Great Depression occurred in 1929. They grew up in that dark world of little.  In 1941, the world gave them another shock with World War II. My father would have been 29 at that time but was in a job that was considered vital to the homeland.  I had uncles (and an aunt) on both sides of the family fight in that war – to thwart hatred.

Some people have called this ‘the greatest generation’ – people that survived economic and financial collapse, a global war, and then built a robust economy after that war.  

As a child, my parents took care of my sister and myself.  My sister was born in 1944, while the war was still churning.  I was born after the war in the ‘baby boomer’ generation. We were loved.  While not into the instant photography of today, the family pictures show a loving family.  Divorce was not an option for them; skipping church was not an option for them; and raising children in an economic booming time was different than their later teen years.

My parents were classy and classic.  My mother regularly got to the beauty shop.  I remember thinking she was the most beautiful person on earth (even as movie stars like Marilyn Monroe got more publicity).  They worked hard.

I wrote about ambition a while back, and my father was ambitious.  It wasn’t a blind ambition, but one that came from the depression – of wanting sufficient income to raise a family.  From a food worker, to a salesman, to an entrepreneur, to a real estate broker, each move upward towards a peaceful life.  

My mother always worked.  From running a candy shop (from the entrepreneurship years of the family), clerking at a department store, to being a great first grade teacher, she also lived life to the fullest.  

I grew up about 2 miles from my grandparents and we saw them regularly.

So, what values did I find with my parents?

Love – unconditional love.  In my family (and extended family as there were a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins around my sister and myself), hugging was part of life, knowing that I was safe and secure in the middle of the Cold War, was part of life.

Education.  My parents valued education.  My mother was a teacher (before marriage and then to help us through our college years).  They found ways to supplement our education with German language class (on Saturdays), acting class, Boy Scouts, and more.

Family.  First, my grandparents were close physically and emotionally.  Then our family trips were to visit relatives – to the Twin Cities to visit my father’s brother; to the Chicago area to visit one of my material uncles; to Maquoketa Iowa to visit my aunt and uncle (and my closest cousins).  As a city kid, I enjoyed going to Great-Uncle Rob and great-aunt Selma’s farm. I wandered through the barnyard – and enjoyed spooking the sheep, watching milking, chasing chickens and more. I remember helping my cousins in Maquoketa with putting up hay (maybe the hottest, dirtiest job ever!!!).

Faith.  Faith was always part of our life.  We were in our church at least on Sundays and then for other times as well.  I had perfect attendance for Sunday School for about nine years!!

As I have become a parent and now a grandparent, I had great role models that I hope I have passed on to my family.  And, those lessons about love, education, faith and family have been my core values.

So, today, I challenge myself and you – what are your core values?  Where does love, education, faith and family fit into your life?

Bruce

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Blog #628 Cheating to get into college

Cheating to Get into the “Right Colleges
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/us/college-admission-cheating-students/index.html

This comes right out of this week’s new. It seems as if celebrities and wealthy parents have bribed and cheated their way to get their children admitted to selected colleges.

One way that cheating seemingly occurred is that the students were recruited as athletes. The CNN report (linked at the top) reported: “For example, according to the affidavit, one student who had been admitted to the University of Southern California as a track athlete had no idea about the arrangement and was surprised when his adviser at orientation asked him about track.”
[Aside, that is not quite as true as when I say “I played in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four Tournament”!!! Of course, I did PLAY in that tournament – with the Pep Band – high above the ice” ]

It seems that “money talks” – especially in minor sports. Coaches in crew, tennis and water polo seemingly were bribed into accepting ‘student-athletes’ on to their teams. A coach of water polo might deem a candidate as a highly sought after athlete – with the parents slipping him (or her) thousands (or hundred-of-thousands) of dollars.

Another way that students got top scores on SAT tests was to have the student labeled as “handicapped”. In that way, the student might get a proctor or assistant. This might be that a student is somehow legally blind and gets a proctor to help them read the SAT test. The proctor is paid to help with answers.

One report stated: “Students arrive on the date with photo identification, which is matched to their preregistration information and the photo they send to the ACT and SAT administrators validating who they are.”
“Students with disabilities who receive school accommodations and are served by the federal Individualized Education Program can apply directly to the ACT and SAT for similar accommodations, which may include testing documents in Braille for blindness, a text reader for dyslexia, snack breaks for diabetes, and extended time or one-on-one testing for attention deficit disorders.”

Another method was to bribe the people who proctor the tests (that is, hand out and collect the tests). “Clients paid $15,000 to $75,000 per test, according to the documents, “with the payments typically structured as purported donations” to a charity run by a cooperating witness.

As a long-time professor, I know that (a) having a college degree is highly valued (maybe even essential) for a successful professional career; (b) select college degrees (like Ivy League, especially Yale and Harvard) are deemed more valuable, and (c) [in my opinion] most students can find a way to get through and graduate from college with some diligence. I have also seen that special students (like disabilities) can have longer time on tests and even take tests in testing centers (where slipping the proctor some funds could help the student score a better grade).

There is an old adage “Cheaters never win”. But, the other adage is “Money Talks”. Maybe I’m too honest, but if a parent approached me with (say) $50,000 to guarantee an “A” grade for their student in my class, I am sure (or almost sure) that I would not take it.
What do you think? Do you know of people who have cheated on college admissions? Do you know of people that have cheated their way through life?
Bruce

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Blog #627 – I just didn’t feel like writing today (excuses)

And, NO EXCUSES!!!

https://www.developgoodhabits.com/making-excuses/

John Wooden – famed basketball coach at UCLA, had these three points in his philosophy: The second set of three dealt with how to handle adversity:

-1 Don’t whine.

-2 Don’t complain.

-3 Don’t make excuses.

I’ve talked about whining two days ago, about complaining yesterday and today – about not making excuses!!

(And, an aside first.  Yesterday, I complained about something – it was wrong on my part. Yes, I was venting, and yes, I shouldn’t have done it!!!  I do readily admit, I am not perfect (not even close!!! OUCH!!!!)

Okay, moving on.

Excuses:  “I was late because traffic was really heavy.”  Probably true – and if this is a one-time event might be overlooked.  But, traffic is always heavy. Plan ahead, leave 20 minutes earlier!! (Or even better (in my opinion, if  you have the option) take the bus – you won’t have ‘road rage’, you won’t have to drive around looking for a parking place!!!)

The linked article says:

“People use excuses to rationalize their actions regarding their circumstances, their actions toward other people, and regarding certain events. However, excuses are often the primary reasons why people are unable to accomplish what they want out of life.”

“Because of this, one of the best habits you can build is to proactively make a commitment to stop making excuses. Stop excusing your failures or your procrastination and start taking the steps that are necessary to get what you want out of life.”

Excuses are sometimes made out of FEAR.  We don’t want to get out of our comfort zone.  We don’t want to fail. People do make mistakes.  (By-the-way – don’t make the very stupid mistakes like driving drunk or similar).

The article suggests that excuses can be because we don’t set realistic goals.  The vague goal of “I want to lose weight” might let you eat that doughnut; while the specific goal of “I will lose 15 pounds between now and the first of June” might keep the doughnut on the plate.  By-the-way – doughnuts just just ‘jump’ into your mouth. Yes, they are good, they are a treat – but if you are dieting and watching your weight, they are excuses!!!

How about “I don’t have time”.  That can be a pretty lame excuse.  Do you have time to watch four hours of television tonight?  The excuse of “I don’t have time to be my son’s Boy Scout leader” – might just be “I don’t want to be a Boy Scout leader”.  If you really look at your life, you probably could make the time to be a Boy Scout leader. (I did it when I was a college Dean!!!)

And, “I don’t have enough money” can be a lame excuse.  If you don’t want to buy something – or give to some charity, just say ‘no’.  If asked ‘why?’ You can correctly answer “There are many charities I support.  While this charity is a good organization, it isn’t one of my contribution priorities.  May God bless you, but, as for me at this time, no”. (Some charities want to pluck our heart strings – ‘look at the starving children in Africa”.  Do you feel and think that your contribution will be of value and you want to make starving children in Africa a priority, then go ahead, but if it is because of pressure, then don’t make the contribution.

So, think about your excuses.  You probably make some excuse every day.  Maybe they are legitimate, but maybe not. Are you a habitual ‘excuse maker’?  

What do you think?

Bruce

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Blog #626 Chronic Complainers

No Complaining
https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/7-ways-deal-chronic-compl…

Yesterday I commented on John Wooden’s statement – no whining, no complaining, no excuses.

Today – no complaining. (or … no chronic complaning)

The link says “no one likes complainers”.

“For chronic complainers, each situation becomes an opportunity to find fault. Eventually, this drains life of pleasure. Chronic complaining can also affect mood by producing a negative mood state. Thus the chronic complainer falls into a perpetual cycle of finding fault, feeling negative, and then being unable to face the next situation with an open mind. Eventually, the capacity for feeling joy is compromised.”

Some other comments from the article:
-1 You see the chronic complainer coming and you roll your eyes. If the person is looking, you have just built a wall between you. If you are a boss, (and the complainer is under you), the rapport you need for an effective working relationship has been broken.

-2 Do more than listen. The chronic complainer is like a kid with a temper tantrum and wants attention. Everybody (else) wants to ignore the person (‘he is a chronic complainer – don’t let him get you down’). But the article suggests that we listen to the person – really listen. He may have been put down so much, that his only avenue is to complain (at least in his brain). Listen to the person – give him attention – hear him out. You might actually help him face his chronic complaining by listening to him.

-3 Have the complainer write it down. Complainers will frequently go on-and-on. Give them a piece of paper and have them carefully and thoughtfully write out the complaint. Then you can ask “what else”. They can’t go back to the same complaint – it is written down.

-4 Poise a question like “Let’s imagine that this problem has somehow been fixed. How do you feel?’ This tends to get them to think of moving on. This gets them to a ‘pre-satisfied’ state. Maybe they aren’t quite satisfied, but now they are thinking of moving on.

-5 Get them to think more positively (and not by telling them they are negative!!). If you tell a toddler (who is having a tantrum) that they are whining and complaining, they will say “I’m not”. Maybe focus on the solution “How can WE solve this problem.” Give the complainer to think as a teammate “WE”. Maybe they will come back with “Well, YOU can do <something>” and then come back to them – “I asked for something WE can do – you need to help me with this”. Let them think of a solution – or jointly think of a solution. Now they might try to dodge this – (hey, they enjoy complaining more than solving!!!). Maybe “I don’t have any ideas on how to solve this”. The author suggests asking “If you did have ideas what would you say?” or “If you had a magic wand, how would you solve this?” Get them to start thinking of solutions – not the problem.

-6 Ask – “On a scale of 1 to 10, how motivated are you to solving this”. If they give a ten, then say “What then should be our first step to this solution?” If they don’t give a ten, ask them why it wasn’t a ten “After all, you took your time to complain about this, but you only gave it a rating of a ‘3’. That must not be too serious – we can problem live with a ‘3’ problem don’t you think?”

-7 Give them something to DO to work on the complaint. They maybe have suggested a solution, let them research it and see if it can be implemented.

Unfortunately, the complaints often are about somebody else. “Tom bothers me at work. I can’t stand him”. Have the person write it down; then work on the ‘How can WE solve this?”

The heart is that some people are chronic complainers and just need somebody to listen to them – do that. Work on joint solutions, get them involved. Maybe, just maybe, you can work that specific complaint out and by listening to and with them, you can start them on the positive road.

Tomorrow – no excuses!!!

Bruce

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Blog #625 No Whining

No Whining!!!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ronashkenas/2012/11/07/first-rule-of-management-no-whining/

The article starts “One of my senior clients used to keep a “no whining” sign in her office. It seemed odd to have the sign so prominently displayed at a senior executive level. After all, the managers that walked into that office were not children, but mature adults with collective responsibility for thousands of employees. Why would they whine instead of just solving problems?”

“The reality is that all of us whine, complain, blame others, and try to avoid responsibility. It’s part of the human condition. Nobody likes to clean up problems caused by others — or admit that they’ve created problems themselves. We also try to preserve a positive self-image and we go to great lengths to get others to perceive us positively as well. Given these basic human dynamics, most of which are unconscious, it’s often easier to talk to colleagues about what somebody else is doing wrong. At worst we’ll get sympathy. At best, we’ll convince someone else to take care of the problem.”

I remember (all too well) a situation where I was sure I was right (of course), and I really wanted to whine and sulk and eventually when it all worked out, I wanted to gloat.  “Nah nah, I was right and you were wrong!!” But, really what would that accomplish? I’d feel good (that’s okay isn’t it), I was in the right (that’s okay isn’t it as well). But, what about the other person – I put them down.

John Wooden – famed basketball coach at UCLA, had these three points in his philosophy: The second set of three dealt with how to handle adversity:

-1 Don’t whine.

-2 Don’t complain.

-3 Don’t make excuses.

Life is not fair.  John Wooden has a story about how his father (a farmer) borrowed money to buy some pigs; then he borrowed more to get the pigs vaccinated.  The vaccine was bad and all the pigs died. His father lost the farm because of this. Not fair. Yes, his father could have taken the vaccine maker to court (not a basketball court!!) and sued to get his money (and farm) back.  That would have taken time (and more money). Instead, his father took it in stride and moved on.

In the United States (and probably all around the world), people tend to whine – “it isn’t fair”.  And, it might not be fair. But sometimes it is better to “turn the other cheek”. And move on. There is another expression – ‘You can’t fight city hall’.  The city decided it needed better roads and just took part of your property for the roads (and did compensate you for it). But, you thought it wasn’t enough and fought it.  (Like a distant relative did when a new road was being built).

Now that I am older (and closer to death), and in my values believe in a heaven, an afterlife of some nature.  Do I want to be kind and forgiving for something that wasn’t fair, but something that maybe I can’t control? Do I want to fight, or yield and realize that ultimately God (if you believe in a God) will judge the people involved.  

So, I’m trying to go by John Wooden’s philosophy – don’t whine, don’t make excuses, and don’t complain.  In the long run, you will be happier. Turn it over to God, and get it out of your mind.

Yes, there are times I WANT to whine, I WANT to complain, and I WANT to make excuses – but will it make any difference?

Maybe I am too nice?  Who knows?

Bruce

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Blog #624 for PI Day

Happy PI Day!!!

https://www.livescience.com/34132-what-makes-pi-special.html

Yes, it is March 14 2019!!!  Or, that might be 3/14/2019 – or just with the month and day – 3/14 – or 3.14

And, yes, it tends to be more of an American ‘thing’ as Much of the world puts the day first, then the month, then the year, so in Europe today it is:  14/3/2019 or 14.3.2019. But it is ‘cooler’ to have 3.14 as the day.

So, what is PI?  (π)

Well, “Defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, pi, or in symbol form, π, seems a simple enough concept.”

So, as the ancients made circles, they compared the diameter to the circumference – and found the circumference was a little more than three times the diameter.  Okay, how much more? Well, about 1/7th more – approximately.

The mathematicians tried to work it out.  They drew a circle and put a box (square) inside the circle and one on the outside of the circle.  If the area of the box was (say) 3 of the inside circle and the area of the box of the outside figure was (say) 3.2, they got a good idea that the circumference was about 3.1.  By putting other figures inside and outside the circle (like putting a hexagon or octagon or a decagon) inside and outside the circle, they got closer to the real measurement – but not perfectly.  They also found the area of the circle was something like this value (say) 3.14 times the radius of the circle squared.

With better measurements and techniques, the universal value of 3.14 was acceptable.  

But, those ancient mathematicians were baffled.  All they knew were ‘real’ numbers that could be whole numbers and fractions (like 355 divided by 113 – which is 3.14159).  I learned (memorized) this rhyme: “Sir, I send a rhyme excelling In sacred truth and rigid spelling” which is 3.14169265358.

Pi was finally understood to be an ‘irrational’ number – one that really knew no bounds.  It didn’t repeat like ⅓ (as 0.33333 – repeating) or 1/7 (as 0.142857 – repeating). How could God have created a world with a number that was irrational?  It didn’t really make sense (at least to the ancient mathematicians).

Needing a name for this eventually ‘p’ for perimeter of a circle became pi!!

Taking the concept a little farther, Pi Day (3.14) has become a day of math and science.  I have friends that shoot off rockets for Pi Day, (although they generally shoot the rockets on the weekend before March 14, if that day is in the middle of the week).

Of course there are the takeoffs on this.  Pie as compared to Pi. The area of circles is “pi r square” – but every person knows that pies are round!!   

So, on this March 14th – think of Pi in your life!!!  Wheels are circles, plates are (generally) circles, cups are (generally) circles on the tops (or cylinders).  

What do you think?

Bruce

(I was working with one of my tutees a few weeks ago with angles.  She had learned angles in degrees, but the problem had the angles in radian measure – so where 90 degrees was pi/2 in radian measure.  Then we were finding the sine, cosine using radian measures. It took some time to get the concept!!!)

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Blog #623 OH NO – Baseball

OH NO!!!  Now, I am worrying!!!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Computer-to-call-balls-and-strikes-in-minor-league-13673538.php/

Okay – I’m not really worried (but after yesterday’s post on worrying, I thought the title would be okay).

This article suggests the improbable concept that one of the Minor League Baseball leagues will use a computer to call balls and strikes!!!  In conjunction with the “bigs” (the Major Leagues), a trial was conducted over several years. Mostly the trial was to evaluate umpires – did the umpire ‘get the call right’?  

The article states “Plate umpires will wear earpieces and be informed of ball/strike calls by a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. Umps will have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone. TrackMan also does not evaluate check swings.”

The umpires will still be needed to call a runner safe or out when coming into home base.  But, the computer will be like the displays we have seen on televised games for years – showing the speed of the pitch and where the ball went – except this time, the computer MAKES the call (unless the umpire overrides it).

Where might this lead?  We have ‘instant replay’ in most sports (which sometimes isn’t so ‘instant’!!!).  Can a computer determine if the football went over the end line in football? Can it judge if a hockey puck did get past the goalie or not?  Was the tennis ball in or out? Can a computer do these things better than a human? Good Question (and I’m leaning on the idea that a computer COULD do this better than a human – if set up correctly and fairly!!!)

Hmmm … now if I could insert a ‘bug’ into the programming – making the strike zone bigger when the visitors are at bat; and smaller when the home team is at bat.  That way the home team should get more strikeouts when in the field, and more walks when at bat!!

Maybe we could put an RFID chip (or similar) into the baseball and track the ball across the plate.  

Yes, the times are a’changing!!!

What do you think?

Bruce

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Blog #622 Worry

Stop Worrying!!

https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/how-worrying-affects-your-body#1

Are you a worrier?  Do you fret about what could be coming?  Do you lose sleep worrying about problems?  

If, so you could be developing a health problem – stress!!!

The article today says stress can cause:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Nervous energy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling and twitching

I’m generally not a fan of the above list (other than maybe fast heartbeat and sweat when working out or doing yard work).  

I’m a fan of the concept that the past is past – gone; the future is unknown; all we have is the present!!!

Let’s go to the Bible for some verses about worrying.  Matthew 6:25 ““That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?”

Matthew 6:31 ““So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’

And … Matthew 6:34 ““So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Careful planning is so much better than worrying.  If you are worried about having enough money in retirement, you should be planning today with savings, 401K plans, investing in stocks and other areas.  

“Don’t worry, be happy”.

Bruce

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Blog #621 Aging Victory

Aging

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/turning-straw-gold/201710/12-things-i-didn-t-expect-happen-i-age

Okay, I am aging. But, then again, all of us are – and even if we are not yet ‘old’ we have older parents, friends, and neighbors.  Yes, I have an idea of what is ahead of me – death. I have watched elderly age for many years, from being close to my grandparents when they died, to my parents and my wife’s parents, from visiting shut-ins in their apartments, dementia homes, and nursing homes.  

-1 Death.

Yes, as the old expression – there are two sure things in life – death and taxes.  I someday will die. I’d like to live a nice gentle, valuable life until death. I have an image of aging and death.  In my image, I stay healthy well into my 90’s – with physical health, mental health, social and financial health. All of those are assumptions on my part.  Can I be physically healthy? Can I be mentally healthy? It is nice to ‘assume’ that I will, but will the reality be that, or one of physical and mental deterioration?  Are their things I can do now to avoid ‘falling apart’?

-2 The Basics

There are many websites that give suggestions about aging. They suggest the following:

-1 Reduce stress
-2 Get enough sleep
-3 Eat a balanced diet
-4 Learn something new
-5 Hydrate
-6 Reduce Sodium
-7 Wear sunscreen
-8 Move Often
-9 Embrace Simplicity
-10 Embrace the classic and classy
-11 Don’t fight the tide
-12 Learn Mindfulness

(This list comes from https://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2018/03/26/aging-gracefully/ – and is pretty similar to so many other websites and ideas.  I have the idea that the authors collaborated on these – and probably aren’t over 50!!!)

The reality

-1 Yes, you are going to die

-2 If you want a longer life with family, grandchildren, fun and relaxed days; you need to start planning years ahead – maybe about age 40

-3 Take care of finances.  Yes, Social Security is around (don’t count on it!!).  Do a 401K retirement account (yes, you will have to pay taxes on it eventually – but hopefully when you are in a lower tax bracket when you retire)

-4 Take care of yourself

Eat healthy, exercise, relieve stress, have friends, laugh, avoid depression, take vacations, love yourself and others, don’t carry grudges, don’t smoke, limited (or no) alcohol, keep learning, challenge your brain – AT ALL AGES!!!!!!

You can live longer – and happier!!!  It is a mixture of choice (you CHOOSE your attitude), and practice (taking care of yourself).  We mentioned Warren Buffet a few blogs ago – and at age 88 is a vital human being – AND YOU CAN BE AS WELL!!!  But, you have to make your decision.

What do you think?

Bruce

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