Are you going to decide to Age with Vitality as a Pollyanna?
Wikepedia has this to say; The Pollyanna principle is the tendency for people to remember pleasant items more acuurately than unpleasant ones. Research indicates that, at the subconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic, while at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative.
Pollyanna was a best selling novel by
Eleanor H. Porter in 1913, and became a famous film in the 1960’s.
It was about a little girl called Pollyanna who got on everyones nerves, for seeing the good side of people, and the bright side of everything.
Here are a couple of Pollyannas from 1950. (My two grandmothers)
And here are a couple more from the 2015’s! (Me with a friend.)
Yet you know, it is actually a wonderful enhancement to your life if you can see the bright side of things.
The ageing process can be so much more positive if you can “count your blessings.”
I have a 90 year old friend who has had three four major surgerys in the last twenty years. Three of them for cancerous tumours and one triple heart bypass. She was 85 when they did this last one. Yet people love to visit her and we all had a wonderful time at her recent 90th birthday celebrations.
Yes, she has had tough times, and yes she has had her moments when it has been a real struggle. I have often left her in tears and feeling down. But I can go back to check on her after a couple of hours, and she is a different woman. Why?
She has the capability of “Giving herself a good talking to!” Her words, not mine.
She sits and remembers all the good things. The wonderful patient nursing staff, the skill of the surgeons and friends who visit. (She has no family)
And guess what? People love to visit her. The surgeon decided that he was willing to take the risk of doing heart surgery on this Elder lady, because of her attitude and being young at heart.
She is funny and says that she came kicking and screaming into the 21st century!
Another lady I know sits and moans at everything and says what an awful life this is and wishes she was dead. She has had no major illness, just the usual things that a 93 year old can expect. Guess What? She is lonely and has driven everyone away.
The message today then is don’t be afraid of being called a Pollyanna.
Be grateful, be kind, be wise, be an Elder who people want to be with. That in turn will enhance your own health and well being.
So may Pollyanna reign in her days of Eldership!
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