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Earlobes and Such

Final Book CoverThis blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

Pen in EarlobeWe use our bodily parts in various ways to hold the objects necessary in our daily life. We balance glasses on the bridge of our nose and the tops of our ears. We hold up our pants by cinching belts around our waists.  We strap watches around our wrists. We tie young babies to our backs. As the child grows larger, we hoist it on our hip bone to straddle our body for balance as we carry it.

I came upon this young woman who took the concept to a whole new level.  She had ear stretchers in her earlobes.  That is a style now among many of the younger generation.

The stereotypical waitress’ answer to always looking for a pen or pencil is to shove it through her hair to rest on the top of her ear. However, this young woman’s innovative answer was to push it through the large hole in her earlobe. (Click here and scroll down to read my blog of June 5, 2017, “Generational Differences,” which features “gauges” as earlobe stretchers are called.)

Adaptability can be brought into all aspects of our lives: our jobs, our studies, our relationships, our parenting…  Always doing things the tried-and-true way doesn’t allow for expansion.

Think about things you’d like to change about yourself or do differently.  Focus on how you might morph to enhance your life.  Make a conscious effort to imagine the steps you can take.  Compile a to-do list using a computer, or even the old-fashioned method of pen and paper, even if you don’t keep your writing implement as handy as the appendage dangling from your ear.

Strive to make your life fuller and more satisfying.  Create ways to stretch yourself in lots of areas, not just your earlobes.

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Touching a Giraffe

Final Book CoverThis blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: http://AdventuresWithDadTheBook.com

Now, on to my blog:

LG feeding giraffeI was on an amazing trip to Africa a few months ago.  One day, we stopped at a giraffe rescue compound.  Up close and personal was their philosophy.  The staff even gave us food pellets to feed to our long necked friends.  What a privilege to be able to touch such a beast.

Touch is one of our five senses which gets less than its fair share of credit.  We’re so focused on vision and hearing, that we forget the importance of touch in the quality of life.

Animals love to be petted.  Touch yields purring from our cats and contented sighs from our dogs.  But, what does touching an animal do for us?  Is it like an electrical charge of mutual joy between the human touchor and the animal touchee?

To me it is.  There is something about touching an animal that immediately calms me.  It could be I am so focused on the task that I’m not thinking about anything else.  However, I suspect it’s more than that.  It’s a tactile sharing with a sentient being of this earth–a non-judgmental one without an agenda.  I feel their touch as much as they feel mine.  And it just plain feels good!  I have written on the importance of touch in this blog before (See “Hugs,” February 17, 2018, and “The Power of Touch,” February 4, 2016.”)

Some people seem wary of touch or even averse to it.  I can understand that; it’s a kinetic interaction which can be perceived as uncomfortable to them.  When you plan on touching another, whether human or otherwise, be sensitive to whether they enjoy that sensation or not.

If you are one who has never liked being touched too much, you might try to accustom yourself to it.  Start by taking baby steps, maybe with gentle, domestic animals.  Slowly move up from there as touch becomes more palatable.   You may discover a contentment you’ve been missing.

Don’t forget to include touch in your interaction with folks.  Touch your children, grandchildren, and those you love.  Touch a stranger when appropriate.  A handshake, a pat on the hand, or linking arms can melt even the iciest, most standoffish opponent.

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