Left Brain ~ Right Brain…

I was going to write about the Pro’s and Con’s of being single, but in all honesty my brain hurts right now…next week! I feel like my grey matter has done a massive workout lately and I need a day to just let all my thoughts process. Today my world is light and airy!

Left BrainRight Brain. Which are you? I love the descriptions, very vivid and so true. We need both in the world in order to have balance.

LEFT BRAIN – I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar, I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control, a master of words and language, realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

RIGHT BRAIN – I am creativity, a free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of the roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors, I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas, I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

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I am most definitely a Right Brain! When I look at the picture above I want to smudge my painted fingers all over the left brain’s…brain. ((((smile)))) That’s a lie…not just all over their brain! That might actually be a fun exercise, being in a room with a Lefty with only paints and canvas. Could Lefty persuade Righty to create a beautiful piece of art or would the Lefty just come out covered in paint? That is going to most definitely be a post on All Things Sexy and Silver! ;)

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Svaha Spirit Series: Laughter is the Best Medicine!

My Mom sent this to me and it made me laugh. I hope I still have my weird sense of humor when I’m 72! Chances are I will as it seems to run in the family! In the very attractive picture I used, the left side of my face has been aged by a make-up artist to make me look in my 70′s. I thought it was fitting! Makes me want to create a few more exciting life experiences while I can! Keep in mind (any potential suitors) that I have NO make-up on and I’ve had the mole with hair in it on my chin removed since this photo! And I would never normally wear grey – it sucks the life and colour right out of ya! lol :) There is no better way to remind yourself to live with no regrets than to see what you would like in your golden years! Kinda makes me want to go out and do something naughty! hee hee!

“A friend of the couple who founded ‘Home Instead Senior Care’, Mary Maxwell was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … soon had the franchise owners rolling in the aisles. With the timing of a professional comedian, Mary shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of this audience of senior-care experts.” (quoted from the video site)

Blessed In Aging

Blessed are they who understand my faltering step and shaking hand.

Blessed who know my ears today must strain to hear the things they say.

Blessed are those who seem to know my eyes are dim and my mind is slow.

Blessed are those who look away when I spilled tea that weary day.

Blessed are they who with cheery smile stopped to chat for a little while.

Blessed are they who know the way to bring back memories of yesterday.

Blessed are those who never say “You’ve told that story twice today.”

Blessed are they who make it known that I am loved, respected and not alone.

And blessed are they who will ease the days of my journey home, in loving ways.

~Esther Mary Walker

I love hearing stories from older generations of what things were like when they were younger. We are all the same, just some are a little farther ahead on their path in life. Enjoy each moment at what ever age you find yourself!

Thanks Mom for sending another inspiring message! xo love you!

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Gifts Are All Around Us

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Happy Boxing Day
The big day is over.  Phew!  All the rushing around, Christmas baking, shopping (unless you are boxing day shopping today) and gift wrapping is now behind us for another year. Yesterday was a day of abundance for most of us; abundant food, drink, family, friends and gifts.  Gifts in every shape and size and monetary value, but the intangible gifts are the most touching and valuable to me;  like the gifts of laughter, love, friendship and family.

Our lives are often so full of stuff; modern conveniences, material possessions and unnecessary luxuries that we tend to forget or miss the real gifts that surround us every day.  Of course I am grateful for all of the wrapped gifts I received this Christmas, but I would like to see the spirit of gratitude continue for us all each day of the year.  Sure, gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness in response to receiving something whether it’s a gift or an act of kindness, but I believe we can choose to feel gratitude everyday regardless of our situation or circumstances.  I read somewhere that the feeling of gratitude has the same vibrational energy as love and I believe it.  They feel the same don’t they?

To me it’s all about feeling good.  Look for things to feel good about and grateful for and you cannot help but find yourself in a wonderful frame of mind.  When you consciously choose to focus on life’s blessings, they will suddenly appear everywhere for you.  It is the law of attraction at it’s finest.

In the relatively new field of “positive psychology,” researchers are studying the science of thankfulness. In The Psychology of Gratitude, Dr. Michael McCullough of the University of Miami and Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, show how participating in regular, deliberate appreciation improves almost everything. By having their research participants keep weekly or daily gratitude journals and practicing self-guided exercises, the researchers discovered their participants slept better, exercised more, increased positive emotions, had more rhythmic heartbeats, progressed toward personal goals more quickly, and helped others more often.

Speaking of gratitude, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our regular readers who have been so supportive of our Tara Cronica since her inception this past year and to say welcome to our new readers.  We are so grateful to have you all join us here.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

Svaha!

Bonnie

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Imagine If You Can…

Bonnie Johnson's PostImagine if you can…you are a young person and you’ve fallen in love.  In every waking moment all you can think of is the person who has captured your heart.  Even your dreams are sweet scenes of passionate moments together.  Every thought is consumed by how much you want to be with them.

Imagine then, that you are lucky enough to marry this person.  You are only in your twenties and you have so much to learn about life and even about yourself.  You know passion intimately at this stage.  It is alive when you make love and also when arguments arise.  You begin to grow up together.  You have no choice.  You now have babies to love and raise together.

The next two decades have you side by side working to raise your children and carve out a comfortable life.  You both are working so hard that sometimes you forget to notice each other and then suddenly you stop what you are doing.  And you see them again like it’s the very first time.  Every cell of your being tingles with love and appreciation for this person.  The one.

Your children have moved on now.  Life slows down a little.  Together you marvel at how quickly those previous years flew by.  You slowly get reacquainted with each other and fall into comfortable patterns of routine.  You are best friends.  Words are not always necessary.  The love you share is solid.  Neither of you doubts the other in any way.

The years seem to accelerate now.  You have shared so much laughter and joy but there has been some terrible sadness too.  One of your children has passed away after a battle with cancer and it almost kills you too.  On the days you felt you couldn’t tread water any longer and you just wanted to stop moving and sink below the surface, your loves hand was under your head holding it up. You took turns then propping the other up.

Time goes on.  Many things change.  Your children’s children are now having children.  You live together in a small space because you realize it’s all you really need.  The days seem endless at times but then why does Christmas seem to come around faster every year?  Each of you has body parts that ache and some parts have even stopped working altogether.  You take turns complaining.  You are pretty sure your ailments are worse than theirs are, but you worry about them too. Your friends and relatives are dying regularly now.  It makes you stop and take stock of how far you’ve come and again, how grateful you are to have shared this journey with your love.

You have been married now for sixty eight years.  Sixty eight years!  You have been together almost everyday for all of those years.  The health of your partner has declined to the point that you cannot look after them by yourself any longer.  They are moved to a facility where doctors and nurses can care for them.  You are left alone.  They are left alone.  You each worry about the other one because you know they are so lonely and afraid.  You want to be the one to prop them up again.  You know how to be there for them better than anyone else.  The rules of the facility don’t allow you to be together though.  You both have to be equally and identically incapable before they can put you together.  When does that ever happen?

Imagine if you can…a full happy lifetime spent with your love but in the end you are not “allowed” to be together.  It’s against the rules.

It’s just not right.  Something is very wrong with our system and how we care for our elderly.

Bonniegrowing old together

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