How’s that for a catchy title?
The NY Times just came out with four words to achieve a happier and healthier life. (They also offer a 30 day well challenge.)
Move, Nourish, Refresh, Connect
Dean Ornish (the legendary physician/researcher who says we can reverse disease through diet) offers four equally weighted pillars to living your best life.
Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Management, Love and Support
So not to be outdone by any NY Times or some world renown surgeon, Joy and I thought we’d come up with our own four words for living your best Retirement Life.
Think of the acronym, ROLL.
Reflect until you attain a grateful heart
Own your past until you are at peace
Laugh until you pee or feel like you might
Love until you can’t love anymore
On Reflecting – Give yourself a high-five.
Hold up your hand and list the top five blessings – from big to mundane. You can start with the fact that you are taking in air.
On Owning your past – Forget regret!
Those poor choices, those mistakes, those faults that seem bent on hanging around — let’s reframe our past – it has been the catalyst to who we are today – hopefully still in a growth mode – since we are remain prone to daily mistakes. Which leads to humility – a good thing.
On Laughter – hang with those who freely laugh.
For close to 20 years I had the pleasure of working side by side with Jeanne who knows how to laugh in that pee-inducing way.
My husband, too, has that ability, though there’s no need to share the peeing part. He has an annoying tendency to crack me up at inappropriate times – say, in a somber church service where I see his shoulders shaking as he tries to maintain control.
On Loving – John Lennon was right. It’s all we need.
But what does it look like? It’s the familiar wedding reading from 1 Corinthians – Love is patient, kind, long-suffering, and it doesn’t keep a record of wrongs. Yikes, that’s a high bar. But at least we can daily lean in that direction.
Join us in 2019 as we hopefully induce some laughter, share our failures, and ROLL onward toward finishing this journey well –
Reflecting on our blessings – with love in our hearts.
Today’s Takeaway –
-While ROLLing – we probably should check out that NY Times article. They are the NY Times after all and may know a thing or two.
-Maybe the laugh-till-peeing phenomena is more an age thing and something I should address.
Enjoy the ride!
Barclay and Joy