Time: As in stressing about it constantly. If you don’t enjoy your job, then you definitely are a clock-watcher. We spend most of our waking hours working. Do you know how to relax at home or on vacation? Are you a clock-watcher while doing fun or mundane tasks? What task or activities do your partake in that do not require time watching?
Health: Health is money in the bank. Why? Medical expenses are astronomical. When you are healthy, you are active, carefree and feel good about yourself, hopefully. Mental and physical health go hand in hand. If the body is in good shape, then the mind will follow. Do you worry about being sick? Why? Because that is the quickest way to set yourself up mentally to go downhill. Is exercise on your agenda? Did you join a gym and are now worrying about how you’re going to pay the fee? Walking is cheap, and meeting new people can be stimulating. Try 15–20 minutes a day. Also, try getting a walking group together on weekends or on the job.
Wealth: I describe wealth as being fluid because it moves in many directions. Possibly, here today and gone tomorrow. Do you have a budget? We know money moves in and out of our reach. It is not a stable commodity. On many levels, you have control of your finances. You can choose to use it sensibly or to abuse it. Today one does not stay on a job for 20 years. You’re lucky if your retirement is available when you retire. Some companies have an extended retirement age.
I discovered through social security information that I could make as much money as I wanted at the age of 70. I also found out that Uncle Sam wants my money; if I make over a certain amount, then it is taxed. So at age 77, I am paying back taxes and I am not a happy camper.
I will continue to work because I enjoy my job, even though I retired at the age of 70.
Wisdom: The word “wisdom” describes experiences and how you use them. It is the power of understanding, judgment or some type of decision-making. Although these words can apply to any age, 40-year-olds and baby boomers are more readly in these categories, and these words would have an effect upon them.
How do any of these words apply towards your New Year’s journey?
I am not a time watcher. My day starts at 6:30 a.m. After breakfast, I am at my computer, either writing my column, lesson plans or my third book. Writing brings me pleasure. So during this time, I am on a natural high. I do not take my health for granted. I exercise and eat well. My body is my jewel; I keep it polished.
Economically, I am comfortable today. My money is very fluid in my life. When I have it, sometimes it flows towards streams of income or pleasure. At this time in my life, wisdom is knowledge from the experiences I have gathered for 58 years. Nineteen of those years I was at home gaining knowledge from mom, dad, friends and the community.
Mary Midgett is the author of "New York Flavor with a San
Francisco Beat" and of "Brown on Brown:
Black Lesbian Erotica." She can be viewed
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