Living in the past/present/future

How often we are reminded to live in the here and now because it is real, whereas the past and future are only memories or anticipations! People who routinely yearn for yesteryear can miss out on opportunities right in front or inside of them. People who mostly dream of experiences to come may … [Read more...]

If someone tells you to take a flying leap, do it

If someone tells you to take a flying leap, do it By Sandra J. Cohen and Roger Cormier   We overheard a woman telling a friend she had literally taken a leap of faith off a platform. The friend replied it also took faith to mount that platform because it was shaky. The literal … [Read more...]

Healthier, more active aging

By Sandra J. Cohen and Roger Cormier The way we anticipate our aging depends on our expectations. Recent studies have discovered that most Americans are living healthy, active lives well into old age. The same is true of Canadians. The “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” reported a … [Read more...]

Worldly needs and daily delights

By Sandra J. Cohen and Roger Cormier This posting marks the beginning of our fourth year of “Tips for Growing Older,” available to you on this Amigos de Bucerias web site. We are revisiting the topic of personal daily delights and world needs with a description of a daily practice that may appeal … [Read more...]

Make surprising, expansive decisions

By Sandra J. Cohen and Roger Cormier As we grow older, we give thought to how we want to spend our time, energy and resources for our own satisfaction, but also to benefit others. How can we resolve apparent clashes between our desires, our values and dire needs of people near and far? There are … [Read more...]

Hope, expect, anticipate during the holiday season

A puppy on leash was gingerly walking along a reservoir path with eyes and nose tuned into the pleasant surprises along the way. Suddenly two dogs also on leash lunged at him with ferocious barking and hissing. Both sets of owners kept the threatening dogs away from the startled puppy who then … [Read more...]

True friends

Participants in a recent study (published by the Public Library of Science – PLoS ONE) identified people whom they regarded as friends. Astonishingly, only half of those identified felt the same way about their participant “friends.” As surprising (even shocking) as this may be, what does this mean, … [Read more...]

Yesterdays, now and tomorrows

  As we get older, we become more aware of how far we have moved along in our lifespans. With less time ahead, what choices can we make about how we might focus our attention? Some people focus a lot on their past to treasure special people and experiences, and sometimes to bemoan … [Read more...]

Hope, courage, humor

  Remember James Taylor’s iconic song, “You’ve Got a Friend”? “When you’re down and troubled and…nothing is going right, close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there to brighten up even your darkest nights.” We all have painful, depressing, fearful experiences and times. A … [Read more...]