Tip # 5
“Fifty Tips on Aging Well to Celebrate 50 Years of Excellent Service”
As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!
Peg’s Perspective: More about a good attitude. . .
As I walked across the driveway from my office to the main lobby at Wesley Glen this morning, three residents were outside singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” with their strong and smooth voices.
“Oh, what a beautiful morning
Oh, what a beautiful day
I have a wonderful feeling,
Everything’s going my way.”
If you remember the movie Oklahoma and this song, I am quite sure you now have the tune in your head. (And if you do not, please look it up on Youtube, you won’t regret it.)
This line of the song hits three aspects of keeping a positive attitude:
- ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning’–Wake up, breathe in the fresh air and look around at all things for which you are grateful. This is an excellent way to begin every day.
- ‘Oh, what a beautiful day’–Throughout the day remember to stop and see the beauty. Take a walk…spend timewith family…do something that you love every day.
- ‘I have a wonderful feeling, everything’s going my way’–Keep a positive outlook on life, even when something worrisome occurs. Step back and realize that although you are not in control of the situation, you are in control of how you react to it.
I know the residents who were singing this morning, and I promise you, they are interested and interesting, but their lives have not been without hardships. And yet, sometimes-oftentimes, actually- if you expect a beautiful morning, you will receive a beautiful morning.
So, how to age well? Focus on the positive and face the negative with a few deep breaths and the knowledge that “This too shall pass.” It will.
“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.” Swedish Proverb