Aging well,  Book review,  Health & wellbeing

Looking on the bright side

“Our job is to find the positive in every situation and focus on that. What you focus on becomes more pronounced. When you zero in on the positive, that’s what you see and that’s where you live….People will not treat you less seriously because you refuse to share a worldview with the Grim Reaper.” ~Victoria Moran

Sometimes I catch myself complaining aloud or rehashing the same problems and worries. And I wonder: Am I starting to sound like … a crabby old person? I know better, but still need to remind myself to shut up and enjoy the view while I’m here.

Today’s quote on positivity comes from a day book titled Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit. This month, a few of us in my “Aging with Grace & Courage” group have started reading the daily entries. I like the way author Victoria Moran takes a light-handed but intelligent approach to so many different aspects of growing older. (Check it out at your library before purchasing, to see if it works for you. Used copies are also available on Amazon.)

A day book can be a great addition to your reading routine. Ask your bookseller or librarian to help you find one that suits your own interests. Since the essays in most day books are typically short, they won’t steal the time you need for the novels and nonfiction on your reading list. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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