Old people, we define people as old less by age
and more by capacity.
If you’re old, day to day activities become
challenging to the point where some don’t happen.
Once those activities are no longer possible we
look to either bring in help or place them
somewhere where they can get help.
Many studies have been done in this area.
One particularly fascinating studies done by
Ellen Langer involved giving nursing home
residents a plant to look after.
A very short time after the plants were
introduced, study participants began to
increase activity levels and improve
health markers in general.
A secret to health and happiness is service
The belief that if I don’t do this, it won’t get
The question of
How do I BEST serve those around me always
yields the best results if we keep asking it and
refining our answer.
It is a question that eventually results in our
putting our selves first.
Will your service be best if you are worrying
about money or you have created wealth for
Will your service be best if you are full of
energy or run down and tired?
Will your service be best if you are calm and
present or stressed and worried about the
The best service is provided by the
But only when that self centredness is in the
name of service to others.
Divine dichotomy or something like that.
One side of the ME ME ME is a constant focus
on self as a need to ‘measure up’. The result is
often getting caught up in need for instant
change. I’m next eating x again. I’m going to
train 7 times a week. I’m giving up chocolate
The other is I’m going to bed or I’ll be good for
know one or I exercise consistently because
back pain with out me out of action.
Selfishness in the name of others.