"A gardener, whose attention is ever on the spontaneities of nature, acquires the gift of seeing differences, looks always for the merest changes in plant growth, or in the composition of the soil, the emerging populations of insects and earthworms. So will gardeners, as parents, see changes of the smallest subtlety in their children, or as teachers see the signs of an increasing skill, and possibly wisdom, in their students. A garden, a family, a classroom—any place of human gathering whatsoever—will offer no end of variations to be observed, each an arrow pointing toward yet more changes. But these observed changes are not theatrically amusing to genuine gardeners; they dramatically open themselves to a renewed future.
So, too, with those who look everywhere for difference, who see the earth as source, who celebrate the genius in others, who are not prepared against but for surprise." - James Carse (Finite and Infinite Games)
Are you aging? Take your time
When it comes to ageing, time perception is a sensitive subject. At some point, those who feel old might act as if they were older than their biological age and so adopt a role which changes both their thoughts and daily habits.
But how does that change take place? And how could you prevent it from happening? Firstly, it is important to mention that the human mindset is sensitive to both real and perceived threats. Consequently, our thoughts might impact us as much as a real life event would.
The life perception tends to gravitate around a specific age profile consisting of mental schemas that are validated through experience. For example, we know that, as years go by, our body might become weaker and sensitive to disease, the brain could start losing track of reality and our social network might shrink down to a few friends who we rarely get to see. If at some point you might go through a negative life event that will confirm a pessimistic ageing profile, you might also change your way of thinking, becoming anxious and helpless, giving up most activities that used to entertain your young spirit. Research has shown that thoughts are reinforced through actions. Thus, once you stop engaging in meaningful activities you will see yourself in a less positive light.
It might be difficult to develop a resilient mind while ageing. For this reason it’s better to find out what are your vulnerabilities are and prevent the mind from ageing. When applying for one of my services, I will develop the right approach in order to empower a resilient way of thinking, while training specific mental skills you can rely on when dealing with a challenge – no matter your age. If this sounds of interest, please get in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org