Happy New Year! A few things to consider
It’s hard to believe that 2018 will soon be ending and we will all be ringing in the New Year. However, before the countdown begins, Rebecca and I would like to thank our clients, friends and readers for allowing us to be a small part of your lives each month through our articles that are posted in the “Senior Satellite”. We hope you have enjoyed our articles and we look forward to the New Year. This is also the time that many of us pause, reflect over the past year and make resolutions for the New Year. Here are a few things you may want to consider as you enter
1. Remember Each Day Is a Gift. You have another chance to make a difference in this world. Volunteer, help a neighbor, save an animal or just be kind to a stranger. A small gesture on your part, can have a tremendous impact on the life of someone else.
2. Renew Old Friendships. Is there someone in your life that you have not seen in years but think of every now and then? Pick up the phone and make that call. They were friends for a reason and they can be again. Remember that old friends are the best friends.
3. Don’t Forget to Smile. Smiling will elevate your mood and the mood of those around you. Smiling can relieve stress, helps you stay positive, makes you feel good and is contagious to those around you. If you meet someone without a smile, give them yours.
4. Do the Things That Make You Happy. Whether it is gardening, fishing, golfing, traveling, listening to music, or just reading a book, do what you love to do. Even if working brings you joy, do what makes you happy. There is an old saying, “You will never work a day in your life, if you love what you do.” If this is the case for you, don’t be bullied into retiring.
5. Share Your Memories and Life Experiences. Each one of us has lived a very interesting life. If you are lucky enough to have children or grandchildren, share your stories and give them the opportunity to know the real you. It will be your memories that you share with them that they will hold close and hand down to their own children.
6. Let Loved Ones Know How You Feel. Do not let, “I wish I would have told ...” happen to you. If you love or care about someone, let them know. If you are happy that someone is a part of your life, let them know now. The regret of “words unsaid” will never go away.
7. Learn to Forgive. Forgiving those who have hurt us, or our loved ones does not mean we condone what they did. What it means is, we are willing to let go, giving ourselves permission to move forward and to take back control of our lives. It means we are regaining our freedom.
8. Remember to Take Care of Yourself. Often, we are so busy taking care of others, that we forget to take care of ourselves. Take time for yourself. Learn to relax, put your feet up, have that cup of tea or that glass of wine, and just think of only yourself. Even a few minutes a day can work wonders.
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family and friends and are looking forward to new beginnings in 2019. I will close with this quote, “Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness that time brings, not count the years.” Ausonius
Mike Zimmer is President of Bay State Insurance Agency Ltd. in Centreville. He is available to answer your questions or speak to your groups regarding Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements and Medicare Part D (Prescription Plans). He may be reached at 410-758-1680.