At every age and in every day, we have challenges, gifts, and a call to action.
In each day, I see all of life in the patients I serve – from newborns to the long retired.
Even when we cease to be paid, there is work to do: this is the work of a lifetime that we carry out consciously or unconsciously. It is the active creation of our own lives, the writing and rewriting of our own life stories, and the cultivation of relationships.
For many of us at any age, life can seem a struggle. We fight, flee or resist what we don’t want and we crave and pursue what we want, thinking that when we are free of that which we don’t want and have all that we desire, we will be happy and at peace.
But that’s not reality. Life is never perfect or if it ever is, it won’t stay that way. Change is the reality of life, but we can still be happy.
In youth, what we want may be on the horizon and in the future just beyond our reach.
As time passes, what we want is in the past – loved ones missed and opportunities lost. In the latter half of our journey, we may be looking back more than forward. The present reminds us of what we don’t have: people no longer with us; our youth, vigour and time.
We forget the possibilities of the present.
At every point in life – indeed, in every day – you have a positive potential to be realized.
Given your abilities and your experiences, what can you do to help another person today? There is always someone in need of just the thing that we can do for them.
Looking at the people in your life today, what can you do to make each relationship even better? Is it time to call and catch up with an old friend? Is it time for a crucial conversation? What thoughtful action would express your appreciation for another?
Accept your body as it is. How can you become as healthy as you can be? What can you do to help yourself? What would be the first step to improving your wellbeing?
On Thursday, September 10th, 2015 from 7 to 8:30 pm, I’ll present a free public presentation in the Visitor Centre at the VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak Street, Vancouver). As part of the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care’s Dialogue on Aging public presentation series, I’ll be talking about “Achieving Your Positive Potential at Any Age.” For information and registration, call (604) 806-9486 or check online at www.tapestryfoundation.ca/education/public-presentation-series.