Royce Shook in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Healthy Living President • The Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association Jul 20, 2020 · 1 min read · 1.0K

Words have meanings

It is interesting to me that we are shaped by the words we read and hear, the things we observe. Our mind takes all of these and stores them away and then builds our personalities and attitude toward life, love, and the world.

That’s why it’s so important to carefully select your environment and to question and filter your thoughts and information that your conscious mind processes.

We simply react as we learned to do. If you put your finger on a hot stove, or if a careless driver pulls in front of you, you react defensively.

If someone smiles at you, you tend to brighten up without thinking.

What most don’t realize is, there is a short but time lag between stimulus and response. In other words, you have an opportunity to consciously respond to words and phrases rather than taking them at face value.

In other words… you are free to choose.

In fact, you are simply a product of the sum of your life’s choices. This will be true this same time next year. So, the time to start is always NOW.

Let’s take the word “ageing.”

You can accept it as a reminder of life becoming a downward spiral… or you can respond to it as an opportunity and as a reminder to proactively do something about it. It might remind you to go to the gym or take your daily walk or run, even though you don’t quite feel like it.

Written or spoken words… or self-talk… can kill or cure you.

Stay alert to the type of words you hear and absorb, and when you hear them, practice reacting consciously to build on them, rather than passively letting them weaken you.

Words have meanings

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Royce Shook Jul 22, 2020 · #6

Thank you John, for your inspirational words I appreciate them. Fay, my wife loves Fried Green Tomatoes as do I and I love that scene, thank you for reminding me of it. Ken I love the idea of ageing meaning we don't have to put up with any BS because we have the experience and the confidence to ignore it or throw it back.

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John Rylance Jul 22, 2020 · #5

We often say in case someone misunderstands " In other words"
This means we reword, rewrite, rephrase, recast, revise, edit, paraphrase and redraft.
I acknowledge the help in compiling this list given me by Roget's Thesaurus, and add one of my own rehash.
Words can have several meanings, which could lead us to ask in a puzzled way "Do you really mean that?"

John Rylance Jul 22, 2020 · #4

#2 #3 Here's an inspirational ageing quote.
Wrinkles means you laughed
Grey hairs means you cared
Scars mean you lived

Some might say this was more realistic.
Wrinkles means no Botox
Grey hairs mean your roots need doing
Scars mean you've had plastic surgery

Overall I say grow old gracefully and have fun doing it. Oh if you are rich spend it.

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Ken Boddie Jul 22, 2020 · #3

#2 you’ve lost me there, Fay. Must have been before my time. 🤣😂🤣

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Fay Vietmeier Jul 21, 2020 · #2

#1 @Ken Boddie
Your words made me think of the scene from Fried Green Tomatoes when (Kathy Bates) as Evelyn Couch rammed into the parked car of the "young" people who blatantly dissed her
"Cowa-bunga" !!! I'm older and richer and have better insurance"

Chronological advantage ... has its advantages ;~)

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Ken Boddie Jul 21, 2020 · #1

Ageing = Experience
Ageing = Confidence
Ageing = Financial Security.
But most of all, ageing is not having to put up with all the BS that’s thrown your way when you’re too young to have experience, confidence and financial security.

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