I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and are ready to give one last big push toward success in 2016.  To kick off the end of the year I offer you the following:

Dunrie Greiling and I would like to invite all of you that are in the Ann Arbor area to attend a book signing celebration party next Tuesday, December 6, from 6 to 7:30pm at the Pure Visibility offices in Kerrytown. We will have music and refreshments and would love to see you there. Here’s the Eventbrite link if you would like to sign up.

I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend with my family, including my mother-in-law, Jean Carino, who will be 94 on December 15. She continues to be so strong in mind body and spirit that she was able to play with her Great granddaughters, climb multiple stairs, enjoy several parties, and fly by herself to our destination in New Orleans.
According to Jean The key to her being able to sustain health and vitality at  94 is that she pays attention to all three of the areas of mind, body, and spirit. Inspired by her example, here are some tips about how to stay strong throughout the life cycle.

Four Tips on How to Stay Strong in Mind, Body, and Spirit
1. Take an honest inventory.
2. Make regular habits and rituals to stay fit.
3. Be mindful in all that you do.
4. Practice love.

First, on a regular basis, take an honest inventory and give yourself a grade on how well you are doing in taking care of yourself on:
● Mind (0-10 scale, 10 excellent)
● Body (0-10 scale, 10 excellent)
● Spirit (0-10 scale, 10 excellent)

Second, create regular habits or rituals to be sure to do something daily to stay fit in all three areas. Some examples are:
● Journal—writing and/or drawing
● Meditate, pray
● Spend time outdoors, enjoy nature
● Engage in a creative activity
● Exercise
● Participate in sports
● Play, including games with friends and family
● Engage in stimulating conversations
● Read meaningful literature

Third, be mindful in all that you do.
● Do one thing at a time
● Be aware of the impact you have on others
● Do good for others without seeking benefit for yourself

Fourth, practice love.
● Look for specific ways to love yourself
● Love your family and friends; this may take some creativity when they are far away from you.
● Love the world you live in and protect the earth

Your Assignment
Imagine you’ve reached 90, and you are looking back on your secret sauce for having had a successful life. What ingredients would have gone into your secret sauce for health in mind, body, and spirit? Describe them in a letter to yourself. For example, “Dear Rob, this is your 90-year-old-self writing you a letter…” Date the letter and revisit it over the years.

An invitation to do a giving thanks exercise.

  • Take time to reflect on what you enjoyed about the past holiday weekend (or a recent event). I encourage you to continue to give thanks this week as gratitude is a big component of contentment.
  • Tell people you’re grateful for their friendship and what you continue to learn from them.

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