Some of you are aware I was thinking about writing a book. A few may be aware I was considering authoring a blog. Not to disappoint, I’m happy to report that the day is here! Starting at the beginning (as they say), this will serve as the inaugural copy of “The Second Half.” Why would anyone name a blog, “The Second Half,” you ask? Simply stated, I’ve proudly marched past my first 50 years on this planet, and feel I’ve only completed half of my life’s work. Thus, I’m officially in my “second half.”
I’ve always had a particular fascination with motivation and human behavior. It’s quite interesting to watch people of all ages, just to see what they do and how they react to all sorts of lifes’ challenges. In fact, I’d rather just sit on a street corner, at a mall or beach and be entertained for countless hours then spend a bunch of money for dinner and a show, a sporting event or concert. Besides, you won’t have a fraction of life’s learning to draw from if you didn’t people watch!
The Alpha and the Omega
There is much to be learned from our children and our seniors. The children are fresh, innocent and untainted. They are, until we fill their little minds with poison! We adults do an unusually stellar job of placing doubt, bias’ and prejudice, and other such nonsense into their otherwise pristine young beings. The seniors on the other hand, are our greatest asset. We just don’t realize it. Many studies have been conducted that speak to how our elder statesmen (and women) are treated in this country. The results are not so pretty in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” I maintain there is a natural link between the two and much to be learned from both.
Simplify Our Lives
There isn’t a day that goes by that you wouldn’t hear someone talk about “looking for happiness.” An older person might mention, “the good old days.” Many sentences begin with, “I remember when…” Alright, let’s go back for a minute. Remember when we were children and our needs were so simple? Granted, most of us had caretakers to watch over us, to clothe us, to feed us and make sure we didn’t poke an eye out, even when running with scissors. However, none of us had a competitive streak with the kid next door to have a hobby horse (remember those?) that was newer, bigger or prettier. We didn’t even care if that kid got the horse before we did. All we cared about was getting to play with that kid! What happened?
I’m of the mind that we need to slow down, think about what’s really important and re-evaluate our lives. The distance between childhood innocence and adult stress and unhappiness is far too short. I would suggest, we owe our children as much innocence for as long as humanly possible. Next, we’ll start taking a look at what we do, why we do it and how we might be able to do it with more satisfaction.
For now friends, it’s time to close and I’ll leave you with this:
You’ve got to SEE positive to BE positive!
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