Becoming a Classic—for Ourselves and Others

Wishing you joy in your journey

Becoming a Classic means aging into ever-expanding meaning and value to ourselves and others. We can be like great works of literature that expand over the decades in their ability to give pleasure, inspire, and teach.

I now want to focus this blog more directly on inspiring readers and myself to grow in joy and wisdom as we age.  I’ll begin by listing my own current goals in four categories:

Being Useful to Others
Expressing My Soul
Engaging My Mind
Living Healthfully

I encourage you to glance at my list and then to identify and write down your own goals for Becoming a Classic.

I’ll regularly share my progress for one or more of my goals and hope that you will do the same.

Being Useful to Others

  • Seize opportunities to encourage others.
  • Refocus my blog so that it is useful and encouraging to readers.  Post at least once a week.  Build an online community, with online conversations about the topics covered.
  • Help friends and acquaintances with their computer projects, including self-publishing.
  • Continue leading a writers’ group and strive to make it motivating and encouraging to participants.
  • Teach a lifelong-learning course.  (Course for the spring semester: Where Do I Go from Here—Next Steps for Legacy Writers)
  • Through deeds as well as dollars, find more, and more meaningful, ways to contribute to my church and other causes that matter to me.

Expressing My Soul

  • Continue to see friends as among God’s greatest gifts.  Help close friends any way possible as needs and opportunities develop.
  • At least once a week, write an essay or poem about experiences past or present that matter to me.
  • Improve my dulcimer playing.
  • Improve my ukulele playing.
  • Play the piano at least once a week.
  • Play the flute at least once a week.
  • Work on a beading project at least once a week.
  • In my journal each evening, write anywhere from a sentence to a short paragraph each on five experiences, scenes, ideas, emotions, and/or impressions from the day.
  • Continue with the steps needed to disseminate my parents’, my close friend’s, and my books.

Engaging My Mind

  • Improve my French through reading and lifelong-learning classes.
  • Improve my Italian through reading and lifelong-learning classes.
  • Keep three books going: one for fun, one for spiritual growth, and one for renewing and building my love of literature (English, French, or Italian).
  • Practice and learn my part for any upcoming show or presentation.

Living Healthfully

  • Keep my apartment in a reasonable state of cleanliness and good order.
  • Find ways to display and enjoy my most meaningful keepsakes.  Downsize as appropriate.
  • Improve my financial security.
  • Develop and follow a healthful routine, including meditation and regular going-to-sleep and getting-up hours.
  • Keep up with dancing.
  • Continue to walk regularly.
  • Use technology as a tool and source of pleasure, communication and self-expression, productivity, and satisfaction—not as an escape.
  • When my to-do list and other challenges threaten to overwhelm me, allow myself to relax as needed but not to seek escape such as playing interminable electronic games or staying up half (or more) of the night.
  • Never shortchange time with friends.
  • Nurture connections with friends and family.
  • Seize opportunities to be out in Nature.
  • When a significant challenge erupts, mentally step back, breathe deeply to stay calm, and take one action at a time to deal with the challenge.  Deny myself the right to imagine possible negative outcomes.

And now: what are your goals?

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