Many may say that at the age of 72, all you need to worry about is looking after yourself. Your health, your wealth and your welfare.
Yes, folks that is so true.
Taking care of ageing bodies is vital for your health, by *eating sensibly, keeping active and taking good care of the financial situation. Care of your appearance is also important, and hygiene with your personal care and surroundings is essential for general well-being.
Keeping active in the sense of exercise, such as walking, swimming or weight supporting activities, is also something to keep those bones and the cardiovascular system healthy.
And what about your Spiritual and mental wellbeing?
Meditation* is fast becoming one of the ways that people are getting in touch with something more than the outer body and world.
Spirituality, awareness and consciousness is a great purpose as we age.
Yesterday I went to a casual meeting of Damsels, (A national movement called Damsels in Success for women) in which we made up our vision boards for what we want.
Contrary to many older people’s beliefs, there is nothing wrong with wanting things, as long as we are not taking them away from others.
But we were all reminded that our wants are not just about things.
We thought about our purpose too.
We need to think about what we want in the way of why we are here, our legacies to the world in the way of wisdom, service to the planet as a whole and spreading love and peace. How we want to be in our interactions with people, and how we want the world to remember us.
Younger people tend to think about purpose as being what their careers may be or how they can serve the world and make a living doing what they love. That is the natural course of life.
But as we age, it is a good idea to look at our purpose in the last what could be thirty or forty years of our lives.
We had a lot of fun yesterday, and there were some children there too. Adult children and young children alike were absorbed in finding pictures in magazines. Cutting and gluing and arranging the pictures.
Now my vision board is sitting on the wall in my office, and it is going to be interesting to see how it develops.
I did a vision board about two years ago, and three quarters of it came to fruition. So this idea works. It is mainly to help to focus on what you really want in life.
I have published my vision board above for you to see. Some of it is not very clear, but I hope that you will get the gist.
There are holidays that I want to go on and clothes that I want.
On the right-hand side, you can see a picture of an audience. That is a vision I have for speaking to larger audiences. So far they have been quite small.
There is a picture of a choir, well actually I already belong to one.
The picture of Helen Merrin contains the words “Gold not Old”. I am aware that I cannot change my older looks, and the wrinkles, but I want people to see past the wrinkles and see the gold of kindness and support to others.
On the left is a beautiful garden in which I can visualise myself sitting. We only have a small garden where I am living, and gardening is not my forte. But year after year and with some patience, I am gradually building up something like the illustration. But you never know, one day something or someone may turn up to help me make a better job.
There are several little sentences that I found such as “Home is where the heart is” “See the beauty in everything” “Why be dull?”
There is also a sentence at the bottom that clinches it all. “Signed Sealed and Delivered”
That means that I believe that it will happen. The Universe always has our best welfare in mind. I never cease to be amazed at the synchronicities that happen every day for me.
I am not saying that life is golden, and things are not tough for me at times, but when they are I am aware of the fact that the Universe does indeed have my welfare in mind because it has everyone’s welfare in mind. We are all part of that whether we are aware of it or not.
What is your vision and purpose for the rest of your life?