16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner, and Town Hall Meeting | November 12, 2018
Save the Date!
The 16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner and Town Hall Meeting is November 12, 2018.
The event will be held at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire.
Please pre-register by November 5, 2018 by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (715) 839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org.
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Choose to Live a Positive Life
Have you ever walked down the street and seen someone whose smile just radiated off their face? Whose entire disposition, no matter how sick or tough their life might be, is always able to see the best that life has to offer?
At times, those positive people amaze and tire us. We think, "Why can't we be more like them?" "How do they always see the silver lining?" The truth of the matter is that no matter how positive someone's outlook might be they still have their difficulties. It is how they choose to meet those tribulations that make all the difference.
As we get older, it is easy to focus on the things that we can no longer do such as driving our car or eating that second or even first piece of chocolate cake. In fact, it is easy to get stuck in the "poor me" rut of life. However, it is important to remember that as easy as it is to focus on the negative, it is just as easy to focus on the positive. You simply must make the choice to do so.
Recently, I was reminded of this when I ran into an older woman at our local Senior Center. She walked with a cane, but seemed to be in good spirits considering the blustery, cold weather. I politely asked her how her day was going and she turned and looked me straight in the eye and said, "Honey, I'm 91 years old and alive…that's all that matters. The day is GREAT!"
I stood their astounded! For this woman simply living another day was great! It did not matter that she walked with a cane, that she had outlived many of her friends or that it was below freezing temperatures outside. She chose to celebrate the day because she had yet another day to experience.
This choice is what we all need to focus on no matter what our age. We have the ability to choose what attitude we will have about our lives.
We can choose to be negative and talk only about those things that hinder us or we can choose to focus on those things that we can celebrate in our lives. Examples of this would be to remain happy that we can walk even though it means using a cane or our ability to breathe fresh air without the aid of oxygen or our memories of those friends we have lost, but continuing to create new friendships and memories.
Even when we do not consciously choose to act or feel a certain way, our psyche is making that choice for us. Therefore, as soon as our eyes open in the morning it is important that we consciously choose to be in charge of our lives and in whether or not we will have a "great day."
It is said that by giving a smile the odds of receiving one go up dramatically. The same can be said about positivity. By choosing to be positive, you not only enhance your life, but the lives of those around you. Just think how wonderful your life could be simply by choosing to have a "GREAT DAY!"