Change happens when I think differently
than I have always thought and act differently than I have always
acted. New thoughts and actions are necessary.
What do I do when things arenít working? Do I continue thinking the
same old thoughts and taking the same old actions? If I do that, I can
be one-hundred percent sure that my dreams will never come true. If I
think the same old thoughts and take the same old actions, I will
receive the same old results and remain trapped in my old way of
living. I have to think and act my new life into existence.
The Life Long Disoriented talk about how they would like to change, but
they never do anything about it. My life is different, because I do
something about it. I have a daily checklist on which I write every new
thought that I want to put into my mind and every new action that I want
to take. My checklist keeps me honest and guarantees that every day I
will focus on the new thoughts and actions that build the path to my
dreams. I donít just talk about change. I make it happen by thinking
new thoughts and taking new actions.
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Some people give up on life before they are twenty-one years old, and
others never surrender. They keep on trucking.
It's easy to run up the white flag and believe that everything is beyond
your control, that your best efforts are futile, and that you will be
thwarted at every turn. And if you believe that, you are absolutely and
positively wrong. Furthermore, your false belief will ruin your life.
What could have been an awesome adventure will become a trail of tears.
The dream factory is open for business at every age and stage of life.
No matter what your age or state of health, you can aggressively engage
life and have a mission to make the world a better place.
Even though my parents are more than eighty years old, they are still
living their dreams. My mom writes poetry and my dad gathers her poems
together and publishes them in perfect bound books that he designs from
cover to cover. So far they have published fourteen books. But that's
only part of the story. Their mission is to put a book of mom's poetry
in every nursing home in America free of charge. So far they have
distributed more than 100,000 copies of their books to virtually every
nursing home in the USA. The activity directors in the nursing homes
read mom's poetry to the residents to brighten their day.
Most people in their eighties aren't computer savvy, but my dad is an
exception. He creates and publishes books using desktop publishing
software right from his home. In addition, he has a website with more
than 200 pages of inspirational poetry for folks to read and download.
His web site goes around the world with well over one-hundred countries
My mother's books have taken on a life of their own. They are now being
recycled in used book stores on the internet. My parent's mission to
help people in nursing homes will never cease, because their books will
go on forever.
If you ask my parents if the dream factory is still open, they will show
you the next book that are creating right now.
Go to their web site,
Poems of Joy.com,
and see how people in their mid-eighties are living their dreams.
There's no doubt about it; the dream factory is always open for
When we sailed through Fiji on our catamaran, we learned the Fijian word
Tabu Soro. It means "never surrender".
That word frequently pops into my mind as I work with my elderly
patients. These folks fall into two groups. One group feels
like their life is over and is biding their time until they die.
The other is the Tabu Soro group. These folks are on a mission.
They are one-hundred percent engaged in life. Their minds are
sharp, and they live each day with purpose.
The Tabo Soro group is fully alive. They don't move as fast as
they used to, but they still have places to go and things to do.
Most important of all, they have a positive attitude, and they
haven't given up on life. The thought of surrender never enters
their mind. They are too busy working to make the world a better