It’s a good idea to assess and refresh your life.
No matter what your age, “take stock” at least once a year.
An annual assessment gives you a chance to keep your life fresh and allows you to be open to new opportunities and possibilities.
Take stock of your belongings.
Inventory your personal belongings — from the items in your kitchen cabinets to the clothes in your closets.
Ask yourself what still has a useful purpose in your life.
Rule of thumb: If you haven’t used or worn it in the past two years, it just might be time for it to go.
Take stock of your time.
Look at your activities, your relationships, your responsibilities and, above all, the commitments that are filling up your time.
Give serious thought to where and what you want to focus your time on going forward.
Take stock of your life.
Are you living the life you always wanted?
Is anyone, or anything, holding you back from living your life to the fullest?
Do a self-evaluation and decide what changes, if any, you need to live your life as fully and completely as possible.
Here are five keys to aging well:
• Believe that growing older is a value-added process. Become MORE with each passing year.
• Place a balanced focus on physical fitness (move it), mental fitness (stimulate it) and engagement in life (enjoy it).
• Grow older with a creative viewpoint. By doing this, you’ll add passion, richness and an expansive quality to your years.
• Dare to do new things! It is new experiences that will broaden your horizon and keep your mind and spirit limber and active.
• Wisely choose your attitude as you journey through life. You retain control over this no matter what happens or how old you are. “Attitude is everything — so pick a good one!”
You should clear the clutter in your life.
Keep in mind how good you will feel when this job is done and you have a new, clutter-free space in your home and your life.
If you’re a pack rat, get ready for some hard-labor sorting and clearing.
Look at clearing your house as a gift to yourself.
Keep in mind that giving away gifts doesn’t mean you are betraying the gift-giver. Once a gift is given, you are free to do with it what you choose.
Remember that when all is said and done, you are not taking any of this stuff with you when you leave this world. ••
Sue Ronnenkamp is corporate director of community life at Wesley Enhanced Living.