Here’s what happened when I called a grandmother out for lying

The 82 year-old laughed as she told me  “I’m too old to use a computer.”

It got me thinking about how I know people in their nineties who can easily navigate around an android tablet, a laptop or iPhone.

Age has nothing to do with it. Hers was a self-imposed restriction.

To put it bluntly, some people choose to adapt to new circumstances and accept the adventure of changing times, whilst others, well, they just make excuses.

There are areas of life where most of us make excuses here and there. I know I do sometimes.

But there are times when self-imposed restrictions limit our joy in life. They can hold us back – or worse, make us feel a little bit less valuable than other people. We could feel left out of modern life, as did the 82 year-old I mentioned.

When you sense self-imposed restrictions in yourself, it may be worthwhile to acknowledge these and ask whether it’s really helpful or not to impose these restrictions. What might you gain by loosening up on the “I can’ts” a bit?

I’m happy to say that the 82 year-old now enjoys her android tablet and is a Candy Crush Saga addict!

So, unleash yourself from any useless self-imposed restrictions!

Why a 5-yen coin hangs in my office

In the mid-1980s I had been living in Japan. When I left I was flat broke with nothing but a few coins in my pocket, and a suitcase full of cassettes of new-age music—a brand new genre that had barely reached the shores of North America. I got a job right away working at a radio station in Los Angeles that experimented with that relaxing music. Continue reading “Why a 5-yen coin hangs in my office”

When anxiety and depression strike, grab your shoes. Here’s why.

Your body is made for motion. Like water, when stagnant it becomes a breeding ground for disease. So stir the waters of your life and begin exercising! Regular exercise enhances neurotransmitter production and helps to lower stress hormone levels. Continue reading “When anxiety and depression strike, grab your shoes. Here’s why.”