Changing Myself

- POSTED ON: May 26, 2011

                   
Over the past seven years
I’ve spent quite a bit of time online
at various weight-loss sites and forums.

I developed my special favorites,
and I’ve posted links to a few of them
here at DietHobby under RESOURCES, Links.

Participating in an ongoing Blog or Forum can be enlightening,
As I read the comments of others, I learn about myself.

I become aware of the ways I am similar and different
from the person posting, and gain insight about my own behavior.

I find that my own attitude greatly determines whether or not
I find pleasure in ANY of the things I choose to do,
and I feel grateful for the ability to influence it,
by purposely directing my thoughts toward the positives.

 I like watching people succeed,
and I enjoy sharing in their happiness.

Sometimes I also learn a great deal from watching people
whose behavior and manner of thinking actually feels annoying to me.
I find something admirable in a person who consistently shares
by posting their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors,
even when this allows an outside eye to clearly identify
their failures, denial, and unusual ways of thinking.

I find great value in the work of changing myself.
I need to adapt and learn to adjust to the circumstances surrounding me
in order to accept the frequent changes which are necessarily involved in living.

There is so much information now at my fingertips.
Most of my life was spent before individual computers existed.
Books have always been my friends.
but computers and online communication add a great deal to my life.
I feel grateful that this opportunity exists in the dawn of my old age.


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On May 26, 2011 wrote:
Dr Collins, I want to change.


On May 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Olivia, if you really want to...you will.


On May 26, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
DH& I were at a dinner party and met a woman about 94 years old. She Facebooked with her younger family members and knew how to surf the web. I was so impressed with her willingness to learn new skills. What caught my admirations was not that one has to do FB or surf, per se, but rather her ability to change and adapt. I have met several people much younger than she, who have said they are too old to learn. They also expected the younger family members to write or call as they had when they were young. This set them up for frustration and feelings of loneliness when their families do not communicate in the fashion in which they had grown accustomed. Yes, the younger members should write & call, but they usually do not with the frequency with which these older members would like. I just learned to text, college aged kids because that is how they communicate. I would rather get more frequent texts, than an occasional long phone call. My kids will not write the informational letter that a generation or 2 ago would have done. Your ability to learn what has been required to set this website is so enriching for me.


On May 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Karen for your kind words, and congratulations on learning to text. I, too, find it SO amazing when I see a person in their 80s and 90s adapt and change with the world around them. You know they MUST have really worked at building their skills of adaptation all throughout their lives.


On May 26, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
building their skills of adaptation all throughout their lives.**** Yes, yes, yes. That is it exactly.


On May 26, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, as they USED to say ... We are on the same wave length.

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