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On ascending the age ladder

How do you talk to yourself and to others about your ascent on the age ladder?

When there's something you can't immediately remember do you blurt out, "Sorry, senior moments!" Or: "Oh, my God, what's wrong with me? I'm too young to be forgetful!"

If you habitually blurt that kind of excuses, such moments will likely steadily increase. You are dictating to your mind to weaken its capacity to recall. Why don't you say instead, "Oh, I can't recall now. I've been busy doing a lot and thinking a lot today, I'm sure I'll remember it in a little while..."

If the people you hang out with insist you're going through senior moments (even if you're far from stepping into your senior years), start quietly planning to lessen the frequency and length of time you spend with them. They may not be worth keeping.

At the same time, start changing your negative beliefs and attitude about growing old (there, I'll use that expression here only once to make it clear what I'm talking about). If you keep those thoughts and beliefs potent in your consciousness, they will manifest in your life in time.

Let's stop playing prophets of doom. To have been born ahead of some people and for the years to march on do not have to mean the dwindling of our faculties. We should stop predicting deterioration for ourselves and for others.

For our own good, let's start celebrating our natural climb into the age ladder instead of degrading it by passing it around as an excuse for not recalling things fast. Let us assure ourselves we can recall it in a few moments. Let's speak those words clearly and firmly to all the people we're dealing with, whatever their ages are. The words will refresh and strengthen our memory: "I'll remember the thing any minute now. I'm just a teeny weenie bit off right now."

Let's do all we can to stay dynamically healthy, dye our hair brown or black, check our posture and gait every now and then. We don't have to look our age. We can always look younger. And our faculties will follow suit.

When we're alone, let's quietly say to ourselves:  "I have a sharp memory. I easily recall all the time."  Thoughts have power; more so when put into words. So let us not have thoughts in our mind that are contrary to what we're quietly reciting. Overarching opinions about ourselves come true faster than the positive ones because we think up those thoughts with emotions, with feelings.  So if our thoughts are enforced with feelings, they become external realities in our lives soon enough.

Have you heard that learning a new language is among the ways to prevent Alzheimer's? I dare add that learning new ways to say things in our old language may also help prevent developing Alzheimer's. Learning something new or new ways to say and do things can help rewire our brain cells or regenerate them. I trust you know that it's today's doctors who have been bandying around the term "neuroplasticity." Which means, yes, our synapses can be rewired, our brain cells regenerate.

Let's think well of ourselves (and of others, too). Let's put into words those thoughts, we'll surely be fine. God is within each of us because God is everywhere. Thus, God hears our thoughts and actualize them for us.

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