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Rekindle, Celebrate, and Express Love February 14, 2011

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In the USA, February 14 is a day to remind ourselves to rekindle, celebrate and express love, so I thought you might like to contemplate an excerpt of a poem by Gerry Comstock from the Daily Word . . .

Justice is love holding the balance.
Mercy is love being gracious.
Faith is love believing.
Charity is love giving.
Patience is love waiting.
Endurance is love abiding.
Hope is love expecting.
Prayer is love communing.
Sympathy is love tenderly touching.
Comfort is love soothing.
Sympathy is love tenderly touching.
Comfort is love soothing.
Enthusiasm is love burning.
Work is love laboring.
Peace is love resting.
Understanding is love accepting.
Listening is love receiving.
Forgiving is love cleansing.
Teaching is love reaching.
Giving is love circulating.
Receiving is love blessing.

Feeling love and not expressing it is like wrapping a wonderful present but not giving it. Wherever you are on the planet, let your love be a circle of blessings as you give it and receive it.

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What Will Matter January 2, 2011

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Michael Josephson www.charactercounts.org really hit the nail on the head with these words of wisdom which is an awesome way to remember to start the new year off! 

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten,

will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived

 on at that end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built,

not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion,

courage or sacrifice that enriched,

empowered or encouraged others to to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,

but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories

of those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstances but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matter.

Thank you Michael Josephson for the reminder.

 

 

 

 

When the Dream Gets Bigger and the Climb Longer December 30, 2010

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It’s like climbing a mountain and you don’t know exactly what lies ahead. The cliffs have jagged edges and are very steep with the rocky bottom no where in sight.   You reach one peak and discover there’s another one looming even higher in front of you.  Are we being told to stop, turn around, go back?  Or is it a test of will power, inner strength, perserverance, confirmed craziness?   You trip and fall, dragging yourself through the murky water.  What’s that old Buddhist proverb? “Fall down 7 times, get up 8”.  Good thing I’m not counting.  Brush the dirt off your bloody knees and get back up!   Like at a railroad track, STOP and LISTEN for signs that you’re on the right track, or shift tracks and keep puttin’ one foot in front of the other.  We don’t need to know how we’re going to get there but it would be alot more comforting, for sure!    Sometimes a dream can feel like that mountain with a winding path that seems endless at times and questions our own sanity…or should I say mine?     

This is when the gift of a qualified Mountain Guide is important…even with dreams.  Ageless Dreamer is grateful they have perhaps found a Mountain Guide to help them over their own mountain and through the jungle of tigers and bears, Oh My!   I’m going to lean on a quote that George Seaton said and is used in the the movie Miracle on 34th Street: “Faith is believing in things, when common sense tells you not to.”   Call me a dreamer with faith, I guess.  Thanks, George.

Seniors vs inmates mv June 17, 2010

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Let’s put the seniors in jail, and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks, they’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental, and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool, and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.’s, and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a P.C., a T.V., radio, and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors, to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to.

The “criminals” would get cold food, be left all alone, unsupervised, lights off at 8 pm, and showers once a week.

Live in a tiny room, and pay $5,000.00 per month, and have no hope of ever getting out.

Justice for all!

A Dream is Forever – It Can’t Erased June 6, 2010

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A dream is forever – spurn it if you will –
Somewhere in your heart there’s a part of it still;
Somewhere there’s an echo – a smile or a sigh,
Recalling that long-ago dream that passed by.
A dream is forever – it can’t be erased;
And richer the life that a dream has embraced,
Warmer the heart that has felt the bright beam
Of life-giving hope shining forth in a dream.

Ageless Dreamer April 19, 2010

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Goose Bumps from the Thrill of Hope April 18, 2010

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When did you last experience the goose bumps from the thrill of hope?  It’s enough to make your heart skip a beat.  For us the thrill of hope arrived in an email announcing Ageless Dreamer as a semi-finalist for the www.ShowUsYourGoodness.com Program.  Imagine being one of 33 non profits out of 2800 applicants? And the ONLY New Hampshire non profit.  Any one can vote, just once, at the website above or through the www.AgelessDreamer.org web site.   $ 20,000. is the top prize, with two $ 5,000. prizes, and twelve $ 1,000. prizes. But the thrill of hope is one heck of a prize in itself.  We’re elated at the possibility.  Voting ends on April 30, so if you have 45 seconds to spare, please VOTE for Ageless Dreamaer to become one of the most inspiring charities.  You might also get to feel that utterly delicious thrill of hope!  Thanks for your vote, dear readers.  P.S. Don’t forget to try the Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps put out by the sponsoring company called RiceWorks.  Tough to select a favorite but the Parmesan & Sundried Tomato is a huge favorite with Sweet Chili next on my list.  Will try another flavor this week!

Joe B. Parks; ex-legislator was rhododendron expert – The Boston Globe April 9, 2010

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J.O.E. = Just Out Exploring April 2, 2010

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Joe B. Parks. Can I write that louder? JOE B. PARKS! Our friend and mentor. Dear Joe, Ageless Dreamer and you go together like the soil and the seed. Rhododendrums, Rododendroms, Roadadendrums — it didn’t matter how we spelled them it just mattered that we understood them. And, oh, how we tried. Sensitive, impressive, and hardy — that’s how we felt about Joe and that’s what we learned about the breed you treasured so much. The Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens shout your name, express the thrill of your touch, and hear your whispering words of wisdom of how best to care for this natural blessing that you bestowed on us.

Joe, you lived life out loud and full…right up to the end. You inspired gentle hands to risk the cool feeling of fresh, cool soil, unexpectedly touching a smooth, unsuspecting worm aching to remain in the fragrant, richness of nature you created. You knew how to take a subtle piece of rocky art, tuck it amongst your abundance of glory and stop a visitor, like me, in my tracks…in awe…wondering how many flowers I let slip away. Stop and smell the roses. Did you write that, my friend?

The deer behind your magical gardens some how knew why you built the fence that kept them out. Somehow they understood that you had a much bigger purpose than feeding them. They understood you, Joe. They were part of nature, just as you were and are. Each fragrant flower on the bush, each leaf, each butterfly, each bumble bee…they feel your love and will help the rest of us remember you…forever and a day. You’ve helped dreams come true for many of us and we’ll miss you. From one ageless dreamer to another.

Remember When Most Homes Had Only ONE Bathroom? February 20, 2010

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, I was the middle child of five daughters. No brothers. Oh, did I tell you there was only one – yes, one – bathroom in the house? I’m sharing that with you because maybe it’ll help explain why I’ve always been a dreamer. Maybe I was dreaming of having more than one bathroom.

As Founder of a non profit organization, Ageless Dreamer, I immersed myself in encouraging our oldest generation to dream out loud. The idea came to me ten years ago when I went to the mailbox and received my first invitation to AARP. I circular filed it, of course, but realized that I was about to cross into someplace that I’d never been. Then I noticed, as I walked the sidewalks of the town in New Hampshire where we live, that there weren’t many old folks walking around. Where were they? And I began to notice that when I drove by assisted living or nursing home, or other similar places, that I didn’t even turn my head to look.

My husband and I started visiting these places and after a few months realized something very important: It didn’t matter if someone lived in the least expensive or most expensive senior living arrangement, if no one knocked on your door to visit and share stories, then stories and dreams were left untold. Constipated, if you will.

AARP doesn’t give up easily, so once again when I went to the mail box, a second invitation arrived which I also proceeded to recycle. But this time as I threw it into the blue plastic bin, I declared: I’m not an AARP-er. I am an ageless dreamer. The rest is history. You can learn more about that on the website: http://www.AgelessDreamer.org

This book is about stories of our oldest generation who are living and ageing successfully at home. It’s about our own futures and the lessons we can learn on how we can remain in our own homes as we age. Planning for that is important, both from a financial perspective, and a well being perspective. They’ll certainly be other options for many people, but this one option of ageing at home, is the one I’ll be capturing through stories shared with me.

With the 100 year old being the fastest growing demographic today, it’s very likely that the vast majority of Baby Boomers will grow to be part of that demographic. The wisdom, knowledge, and talents of today’s elders – also known as the Greatest Generation – will provide inspiration and insight into what we have to look forward to.

If you know someone who’s part of the oldest generation who’s successfully ageing at home and would like to share the story in this book or future ones, please send it to me at lauriewidmark@comcast.net. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.