Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present.
You know, my journey through mindfulness has really been interesting. I have covered all different kinds of topics that have to do with mindfulness on this blog, and the many ways that a person can look at and examine themselves. Click here if you would like to take a look back on all that we have shared together so far this year.
The whole idea behind my mindfulness adventure was to become aware of things that I took for granted in this present stage of my life. I have opened my eyes wide in wonder many times and then had a good laugh at myself and the errors of my ways. No one is perfect. We just are not wired to become perfect beings. It really is all about the journey.
I came upon another realization this week. As we begin to age certain things happen. Yes, the obvious is your hair turns silver or gray, you spread a bit more in places you never did before, and you slow down… Those are things that are typical and fairly easy to cope with or overcome. It is when your body begins to give you indications that you are getting older that it really hits you.
As I have shared before, I am an avid walker. I do this to manage my weight and my mental health. Walking is when I do some of my best thinking. So, you know I was beside myself recently when my right foot hurt so badly that I was unable to walk my normal two miles a day. I took a walking break for a few days and decided that it was time to call the doctor.
After a visit to my physician, I was sent to a doctor who was a podiatry specialist in Pensacola. He took x-rays on the spot and informed me that my big toe on my right foot had no cartilage left… it was bone on bone! It was the big one – arthritis!
The doctor prescribed special made orthotic inserts to fit inside my walking shoes that will help to correct the deformity and alleviate some of the pain when I am walking. WOO HOO! I can do this! The main thing with arthritis is that you must remain active to the best of your ability. I was glad to hear the diagnosis. I could continue to walk.
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What really caught my attention was that this was the first real age-related setback I had ever had. Now granted, just because I have silver hair – in the scheme of things I am not that old, only 57 years. I have friends much younger than me that have many more health related issues than I do. It wasn’t only the age thing that was bugging me…
It really was about the realization that things change in our lives that we have no control over, especially those related to our health. Unfortunately, as we age these issues are going to crop up. What is most important is that you cannot let these minor setbacks hold you back from doing the things in life that are good for you, and that you enjoy doing.
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I know someone who quit walking because they have minor arthritis in their knees. The result has been that the person gained weight and lost flexibility, thereby making their life much more painful than it needed to be. The person let their age-related condition take control of their life.
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This week, I became more mindful of my own physical limitations, real and perceived. I learned that I am human, with a body that will continue to undergo changes as I age. I also learned to accept the fact that age is inevitable. It is going to happen, no matter what I do.
My mindful intent is to do the things that I know are good for me, like eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep – the same things I was told when I was a child. Maybe that is why they call aging our second childhood!
Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.
Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.
Namaste! I wish you all loads of joy and peace this week.