by Jeanette Roe
I have been asked many times why I work so hard to make the Senior Center a viable resource to the community. I have always believed that my heart and mind are the most important factors in finding a purpose in life. I go home at night and sleep with a clear conscious knowing I tried my best to make a difference in someone else’s life. What a good concept to teach others.
Beginning in October 2013 I decided to volunteer with the SHIBA program to help counsel Seniors about the different parts of Medicare. I did not think I would ever get a handle on all the ins and outs of Medicare. Again many individuals ask why I do it when I have so many other pressing job tasks to do. I just love the personal interaction with the Seniors and knowing I helped them make the right choice when they did not know what to do. I just cannot understand why others do not want to help.
In preparation for this monthly note, I went to the internet to find some inspiration since I was suffering from exhaustion and work overload. I came across an article, 7 Way to Cultivate your Inner Strength, written by Kevin Daum in January 2015.
In the article he wrote, if there is one thing you can count on in the business world, it’s inconsistency. The journey is always a series of ups and downs. Challenges come & become obstacles. Opportunities become triumphs. The one constant is you, and how you deal with all the change. If you are weak inside, you will be batted about like a rowboat in a hurricane. But those who cultivate inner strength are able to weather any storm and can travel great distances at speed when the seas are calm.
My greatest successes have come when I used my inner power to make the most of the good times. And when times were rough, ultimately it was a strong inner core that got me through the worst. People comment about how strong I am, I just do not want to admit to defeat. You can tune up your inner strength with a few key exercises, just as you would your body. Here are some of Kevin’s tips:
- Know who you are. Insecurity is an inner-strength killer. Your personality is the foundation of power. Get to know it well. Get comfortable in your own skin. The happier you are with yourself, the less the outside world can do damage, and the more you can give in peace.
- Spend time in silence. The world is a noisy place. Distractions and disruptions can chip away at your core, leaving you frazzled and beat up. Take time to rejuvenate. Set aside one day a month to completely unplug from everything. That means no email, music, TV, or people. It’s a great time to connect with nature and just sit with your thoughts. The only way to calm your inner chaos is with 100 percent focus.
- Set a routine. Every ounce of energy wasted drains your inner strength. Why do things inefficiently and redundantly? Control what you can control so you can focus your efforts and brainpower on the things you can’t control. Grab a notebook. Separate your daily tasks into repetitive tasks and thinking tasks. Then create processes and routines for the repetitive tasks. You’ll be thrilled with the time and brain space you just found.
- Create the right circle. Hanging out with the wrong people can deplete your energy with every visit. Their inner weakness can suck the life from your inner core. Build your world with others who are strong inside. Keep company with those who celebrate you and feed positive energy into your life. Be brutal and protective of the company you keep. One sour person can take down the whole community.
- Gain control of your body. It’s tough to feel strong inside if you are unhealthy outside. Make a strong effort to be fit and attractive. Eat well, exercise, and dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. Be proactive about your health, and you can use your body to strengthen your soul. Make yourself feel good when you look in the mirror and you’ll start the day feeling powerful.
- Give yourself a good home. When you can’t go home and relax at night, you begin every day with a weak start. Get your house in order. If your relationship is bad, fix it or end it. Make sure you live in a home that makes you feel happy and proud. Your home should be a safe haven that is worth working and fighting for.
- Connect with the source of your power. Regardless of your religion, you can gain inner strength by connecting with your spiritual source. Through prayer, meditation, or simply deep thought, you can center yourself in the universe and understand your role in something bigger and worthy.