Living A Meaningful Life When Our Bodies Decline

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller, author

Dr. Robert Butler, the first director of the National Institute on Aging, estimated that the ability to define your life’s meaning adds to your life expectancy. His study found that individuals who had something meaningful to get up for in the morning, lived longer and were sharper than those who did not.

Sometimes our goals have to change with our abilities. Quilting may replace time spent rigorously weeding a garden. Teaching active children may step aside as you write your memoir. I’m reminded of Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking. Physical challenges need never be a factor as we define ourselves, live meaningful lives, or contribute to society. 

Affirmation: I will find ways to live a meaningful life.

Coaching question: What will you do to continue to live a meaningful life as you age? 

Photo by Adam Nieścioruk on Unsplash 

2 thoughts on “Living A Meaningful Life When Our Bodies Decline

  1. We can be a cheer leader for others. We can listen and compliment and encourage. We can be cheerful and positive, so that we don’t negatively affect others. I have great examples from my mom who is 98 (99 in December!) and my uncle who passed away at 95. This is a meaningful post!

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