One Day At A Time…

2018-02-17_13-21-36.pngThe title of this post has multiple meanings. It was once a TV show about a single Indianapolis mother who was raising two teenage girls. It was a comedy but also showed some of the serious sides of parenthood. It is also a theme associated with  Alcoholic’s Anonymous. That is you work through each day at a time to stay sober.  But, I want to take the phrase and apply it to our retirement years, and maybe even the time outside those years.

2018-02-17_13-23-44.pngI am a dreamer.  That is a good thing, but it also can be a bad thing. I am constantly dreaming about what the future may hold for me. Yes, I continue to do that even in my senior years. Sometimes that dreaming crowds out what is going on around me at the time.

But the problem with just dreaming is that it is not the most fruitful way to spend your day. Dreaming is valuable but really not very productive.  For that reason, I have vowed live each day as it comes. As a person who has more days behind than ahead, I need to cherish each day as it comes. You never know when will be your last one.

When I say cherish I don’t mean that I have to go skydiving every day. But it does mean doing something fruitful with the current 24 hours. Sometimes that means blogging here on RJsCorner, sometimes it means reading a book, and yes sometimes it means just enjoying the beauty around me.  But what it doesn’t mean is to spend the day on the couch glued to whatever TV show I can find. It doesn’t mean feeling sorry for myself because of an ongoing health issue. It means “living” one day at a time and being able to look back on each day and say “I accomplished something”.

Life, especially for us seniors, is just too short to slither the days away with meaningless dribble.  Don’t waste a single day of your life as you will never get it back…



I’m Taking Life More Personally Now…

With my brain trauma event, I seem to be taking life more personally now.  After some deep reflections, I have decided that what might happen twenty years from now should not be on my radar screen. Even ten years is questionable as I will likely not be around even then. Why should I fret over a time when I won’t even exist, especially since I leave no heirs to suffer the consequences of these idiotic times.

I have been weaning myself off politics for a couple of months now and I am seriously thinking of simply pulling the plug on that topic. It is just getting too dirty for me and I simply don’t see a way out of that condition anytime soon.  I will leave it to others to pull us back from the edge if that is even possible now. Summarizing,  I won’t spend any of my remaining days fretting about things I have little control over.

My recent personal reflections are not all negative in nature.  I have decided to take time each day to reflect on the good things that happened that day.  I will thank the Lord for every day he gives me.  Each one is considered precious in my mind now.  How I spend those days is also changing.  I won’t flitter them away waiting for better circumstances that will likely never happen.  I will do my best to make something good happen every single day that I have left. I will proverbially stop and smell the roses.

How is this going to affect my blog here at RJsCorner?  I know a large part of my viewership comes from my observations on politics. My hit count has already taken a serious decline, but that is ok.  I will just have to take the thought that doing RJsCorner more for myself than for anything else. I will continue with some additional fervor my photography and travel posts. They are an important part of my life, especially now.

I also hope my creativity posts increase to take up some of the space left behind and of course I will continue “having my say” on non-political topics.  If none of this interests you then it is time for you to delete my blog from your reading list.  I do hope that there are some of you who stay around so that I am not totally talking to myself.  🙂

With my stats going down I may also need a little additional encouragement from those who continue to hang around RJsCorner.  Life goes on a day at a time now…. at least for me.