Hello, everyone.

Let’s start today with the words of the old Johnny Mercer song, “you’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.” You’ve got to be your own Best Friend.

When things look bleak, pull away and access your life in general. Look for the positives, that’s where the joy is. Focus on the joy. Put on some of your favorite music, and sing along, dance to the music. This is our only trip through this life, and it can be glorious or it can suck. You are in control of that, no one else. If you think someone else can rule your life, you are wrong. Move away, take control, do the things that bring you joy.

My friend Joanne Koenig, fellow member of Napa County Alliance for Senior Education, sent me some information to share with you, my friends.

It’s by way of Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Dr. Northrup begins by saying: “Something amazing happens as we grow older. We gain more confidence, have less trouble in saying ‘no’ and we gain the ability to tap into an endless well of creativity and pleasure, virtually unknown during our younger years.

“You don’t have to buy into society’s false concepts that as you get older you will inevitably suffer from failing health. Growing older and aging are not synonymous. You can live vibrantly and radiantly no matter what your chronological age is.”

“Getting older is inevitable, aging is optional.”

I love this, don’t you? She also talks about our Life Force, and the healthy 100-year-old folks she’s spoken with, and one of the things that they all agree on is that they hate being with “old people,” people with old beliefs, who talk constantly about their illnesses and their visits with their doctors. These happy 100-year-olds have chosen instead to realize that their emotions and their well-beings are under their control, and that “they chose healthy, exalted emotions.” By living life with joy and happiness, we are actually changing our hormones.

Dr. Northrup suggests the following to get us started:

— Sleep well, eight to 10 hours, whatever you need to be fully rested. Rest when tired during the day.

— Do some simple, daily exercises, begin small and build up to as many as you’d like.

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— Practice rising from your chair, without using your hands, and then sitting back down in chair. Do this several times a day.

— Practice standing on one foot and balancing as long as you can. Then do the same on the other foot. Start small and build on this exercise until, eventually, you can do it with your eyes closed. These two exercises will help our balance and help prevent our falling. We’ll be moving in a much more surefooted way.

— And, finally, get out and walk. Enjoy the outdoors, breathe in that fresh air. Do this whenever the mood strikes. It’s extremely beneficial.

Wouldn’t you rather feel radiant with much vitality than tired and depressed?

I hope that you will see the value in Dr. Christiane Northrup’s excellent suggestions. I’ve already started, and the balancing on one foot at a time is getting easier already.

Remember, you are the player in your life. Have fun with it and run with it, or remain depressed and unhappy. Totally your call. If you are a regular reader of Senior Corner, you’ll know how we “roll.”

Life is a blast, don’t cheat yourself. Join the rest of us and opt for a rich and glorious life. You can do it! I know that you can.

Make sure that your life has a purpose, that you have wonderful goals, hopefully helping others, which is such great “soul food.”

My money is on you. You can do this.

Remember: Live, vibrantly and radiantly.

Goodbye until this time next week.

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