Here's Anne Sermons Gillis' 10/05/2021 newsletter, The EZ Secret: Tips on Living in EZ
Published: Tue, 10/05/21
The Anne Report brings you up to date on Anne’s latest activities. The Main Article, Happy Birthday to Me, celebrates another birthday for Anne and describes how she views that event. Today’s Anne Talk is Breathe: Surrender: Living in the Present. Anne provides a meditation for conscious living. Click to see Anne’s Art. Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Go on a Prosperity Walk. Anne describes how to do a prosperity walking meditation. Click to see the Quotes, Quips, & Thoughts. The Featured Product This Month highlights Anne’s Five Books and includes a reduced price when purchasing All Five Books. Click to learn about EZosophy. Click to learn about Anne’s Abundance Affirmations. Click for Shareables From Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Schedule. Click to Schedule Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Services.
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Our camping trip died. Yes, about those best laid plans, our plans may not have been the best laid, but there were a lot of plans. We planned our first grand adventure with our grandchildren. No parents, just grandparents. It would have been the longest they had ever been away from both parents. We would leave Monday morning and return Friday. Then the weather predictions turned, and the forecast showed rain every day of our trip. Undaunted, we planned to go anyway. We counted on scattered showers. When we got up on Sunday morning, our dog, Lucy, had the worst hot spot ever. There were tufts of hair all over the carpet and a six-inch wound around her tail and hips. We could not leave her with our daughter when she needed special care and a trip to the vet. Our grandson, Reynolds, was bereft, and I was flummoxed at the sudden turn of events. Regardless of the work we put in, more than one hour putting the new tent together, just to figure it out in advance, special groceries, new air mattresses, propane canisters, camping lights, and more, it just didn’t work out. It was time to halt and rewind. To make the decision easier, on Sunday the weather forecast worsened - 90% chance of rain. Jim said, “Given all the obstacles, I don’t think we were meant to make this trip.” And, as the hackneyed saying goes, “All dressed up, with nowhere to go!” We planned to cash in on those three minutes between too hot to camp and too cold to camp. Didn’t happen. And that’s it for the Anne Report.
Happy Birthday to Me
The older I get, the more want to veg. Yet I also want to travel, cavort with endless possibilities, and write books. I want to dance and take a nap. I want to simultaneously take a walk and settle down in my comfy chair. Age wages a battle. My mind tells one story; my body another.
Wayne Dyer reported that once, in an intense burst of energy, he ran across his lawn and leaped over a short fence. It was harder for his body to accomplish that feat than his mind anticipated. His wife yelled at him, “Wayne, you can’t do those things anymore! You are too old.” Here’s a man who healed from leukemia, who had extraordinary spiritual wisdom, but, at some point, even he had to realistically deal with his increasing body limits.
To the pessimist, losing physical strength and abilities provides the perfect conversational symphony. We might call it The Sad Sack Symphony. The optimist might try to focus on the good and deny that he or she is slowing down. The fundamentalist positive thinker will not even let that iconoclastic thought come across his or her mind – the thought that we have physical limits.
I have a friend who said he was “youthing.” People around him talked about how young he looked. With all due respect for his fantasy, he looked a bit older each time I saw him. I smiled and agreed. No need to destroy someone’s life sustaining illusions. It may be that our attitude about aging is more important than the fact that our bodies slow down as we age. Maybe that’s a gift. As we slow down, that proverbial rose might appear before our very eyes, and not being in that youthful hurry, we bend down and take a whiff. Backtracking a bit. Dr. Ellen Langer provides compelling evidence that what we think and how we feel not only determines how we age, but it can also turn back the clock. Some sixty-year-olds look and act seventy and some seventy-year-olds look and act sixty. I get that. My point is that denying that our physical limits exist, is not helpful. And looking our age is not a sin! I think I look my age and that’s fine.
Then, to add confusion to the aging mix, we tend to worship ultra-physical fitness. Physical fitness is wonderful, but the pursuit of a younger face, a firm body, or some form of physical perfectionism often reaches past health into a dimension of trying to stomp out our beliefs that we are not enough or that age is a transgression. Our obsession with being young needs repair. Baby boomers rule. Why not rule with grace? In our zeal to be the old us, which was younger, let’s not push our bodies past their limits and bypass our deeper spiritual needs.
A few years ago, I spoke with my friend about all the things I wanted to do, the dreams I had, and the resources I needed to accomplish my ideas. She replied, “Anne, you may want to slow down. This is the time in your life to do that.” I listened, but everything in me resisted. I did not want to hear her suggestions. Erik Ericson, who was listed as the 12th most influential psychologist of the twentieth century, identified old age as 65 until death. Saturday, I will turn 73. Erickson would consider me an old timer. Maybe not, but I am moving past the youth of my old age. I am entering the middle age of old age.
On my 40th birthday my dad said to me, “When I was 40, it seemed like my life and career were slowing down. You are turning 40 and it’s like your life is just beginning.” Things have changed a bit since my dad was born. He was 40 in 1955. We are redefining old age and aging. Dr. Thomas Armstrong, in his new book, The Human Odyssey, describes mature adulthood as 50 through 80 and late adulthood as 80 and over. That places me in mature adulthood. That definition leaves space for a lot of dancing, swimming, reading, and reflecting. It sounds much more vibrant than “old age.” Years ago, I read that by 2020 we could replace almost all body parts and live indefinitely. That has not come to pass, but maybe somewhere, between being washed up at 40 and living forever, I can find a soft, warm spot for a 73- year-old whose dreams have changed, who doesn’t feel washed up, and who feels as if life is full of more possibilities and fewer demands. So happy birthday to me, and, if I listen to my own advice, I expect that as I “mature,” life will become EZier and EZier.
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Breathe: Surrender: Living in the Present
Today’s Anne Talk is Breathe: Surrender: Living in the Present. Anne provides a meditation for conscious living. 14:27
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Go on a Prosperity Walk
Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Go on a Prosperity Walk. Anne describes how to do a prosperity walking meditation. 2:39
You can join the Prosperity Team by watching Anne’s Dr. Money channel.
This group is a place to post uplifting affirmations and thoughts about prosperity and abundant living. Let’s create a right relationship with money so that we feel comfortable about money. Let’s use money as it’s meant to be used, and not as a way to accumulate power or to fill a void. We don’t need money to buy more stuff. We need it to create a world that works for everyone. We want to cast off old beliefs of lack and reclaim our natural state of abundance. Anne, AKA Dr. Money, posts a nightly goodnight video for the prosperity team, and everyone who watches those videos becomes a part of the prosperity team.
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