Senior Spotlight: A kind heart |

Senior Spotlight: A kind heart

Mary Jo Brown
Mary Jo Brown

Once again I had to opportunity to spend some time at my sister’s home visiting with her and her family. Since my niece was having a birthday dinner, I also got to visit with other relatives when they came over to wish her a happy birthday. It is always nice to get out for a while and do something different especially if it involves your family and friends. My visit turned out to be for slightly longer than I had originally intended and although I love my family dearly it was good to be back at my own place. The routines I am used to were not at all like the ones they had and it was interesting to see how their days were so different from the way I usually spend mine.

It is probably safe to say that most people are creatures of habit and are uncomfortable when habits and routines are interrupted. We need to be careful not to get so set in our ways that there is no room for change or compromise. Flexibility can be good when it comes to dealing with others because if we are ridged in how we think and do things we may become so closed off that we are pushing friends and even family away. It is alright to have our opinions and ways of doing things but we need to remember that everyone has a right to think their own thoughts and form their own opinions and we shouldn’t push ours onto them. There are many things that have gone by the wayside as the generations change and new or improved things become available.

One thing that I think should never change is simply being kind to each other and helping those in need. It is not that hard to smile and say good morning or clean up after yourself so that others are not faced with a mess when they want to use the space you were just in. Respect comes in many forms and it is not only respecting others but also respecting yourself by taking care of yourself, body, mind and soul so that you can be a blessing to others and have peace in your own life. If you go around in a foul mood and angry at the world you are doing your own body harm by breeding all that negativity and anger inside you. The physical body and its ailments are often a reflection of the mental state of a person, stress, anger and other negative feelings can result in ailments such as headaches, fatigue, insomnia, ulcers and sore, tight muscles. It is sad to think that we use up so much energy being angry at someone when that same energy could be used to make someone feel better. Your day will be the result of how you choose to be either positive or negative; I for one think that a positive attitude is the best way to go.

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