limber

bending readily; flexible; pliant; showing freedom and ease of bodily movement; acting or moving with easy alacrity (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

agile, balanced, elastic, flexible, graceful, lissome, lithe, lively, nimble, pliable, spry, supple

There’s a French proverb that sums up the ageless quality of limber–“Better to bend than break.” Being limber allows you to move and bend without having to snap, crackle and pop. You gain a wider view over your shoulders and a bigger bounce in your steps. Even if you missed out on the “Gumby” gene, the good news is you’re never too old to become more limber. Better to start bending now.

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treat

(noun) an occurrence in which you pay for someone’s food, drink, or entertainment (or someone pays for you); something pleasant or amusing that is unusual or unexpected; something that tastes good and that is not eaten often (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

delicacy, delight, fortune, joy, kick, morsel, pleasure, satisfying, special, surprise, warm fuzzies

The very nature of a treat represents the ageless quality of moderation–after all, it wouldn’t be a treat if you had it or did it all the time. Which is fine because it gives you something to look forward to. Treats are treasures and pleasures that make you feel special. They warm your heart no matter if you are on the giving or receiving end.
How do you treat yourself?

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rhythm

movement or procedure with uniformed or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like; measured movement, as in dancing; the recurrence of an action or function, as of the beat of the heart, the menstrual cycle, etc.; the regular rise and fall in intensity of sounds that is associated chiefly with poetry and music (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

action, beat, breath, cadence, cycle, harmony, measure, movement, pulse, regular, routine, skip, spin, steady, step, twirl, vibration, wag, wave

Blinking, breathing, beating…our bodies conduct rhythmic movements without us even thinking about it.  Rhythm is ageless because it is continuous.  It requires action and movement, and without these it will flat line into a silent pause—sometimes brief and other times long—only to begin again.  When we connect with Life’s rhythm we feel its divine harmony and we know that all is well.

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ancestor

a person who was in someone’s family in past times; one of the people from whom a person is descended and usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandmother (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

family, father, forager, forefather, grandfather, grandmother, mother, pioneer, trailblazer, relative, root

Think of your beloved ancestors who have gone before you. What qualities or traits do you admire about them? How do these attributes resonate with how you are living your life? How can you make them blossom into something even better to pass on to your loved ones when you’re gone? What qualities do you want to be remembered for? And, so the ageless cycle of ancestry evolves and expands.

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bright

filled with light; luminous; shining; radiant or splendid; quick-witted or intelligent; characterized by happiness or gladness; making a fine display of usually showy color (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

animated, beaming, brilliant, cheerful, chipper, clever, colorful, glowing, happy, lively, lucid, radiant, sharp, spirited, vivacious, witty

Think about the opposite of bright…dull, drab, dreary…this is also the antithesis of being ageless. When your outlook is bright, you live your life in color. You have no intention of fading away. Like a fresh new leaf unfolding with the breath of Spring, your brightness keeps you full of promise.

What do you need to highlight in your life?

 

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spring

to rise, leap, move or act suddenly or swiftly, or by elastic force; to move or proceed with a light bounding step; to come into being by growth, as from a seed or germ, bulb, root, etc.; to proceed or originate as from a source or cause; the season of the year following winter and characterized by the budding of trees, growth of plants, onset of warmer weather, etc. (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

arise, awaken, birth, blossom, bounce, bud, emanate, flow, fountain, fresh, green, leap, liveliness, rebirth, skip, source, youthfulness, well

Whether it’s a verb, noun or season, ‘spring’ evokes an ageless liveliness.  Spring provides a fresh canvas for life to burst, blossom and bubble forth.  Its very nature fills us with enthusiasm and offers us the grace of new beginnings.  So, how will you spring forward this season?  In what ways will you blossom?

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heart

the center of the total personality, especially with reference to intuition, feeling or emotion; the center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect; feeling, affection, capacity for sympathy; spirit, courage or enthusiasm; a quality of mind or temperament that enables one to stand fast in the face of opposition, hardship or danger; the innermost or essential part of anything (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

center, constant, core, courage, dauntlessness, grounded, gusto, love, meaning, mettle, passion, pluck, relish, resolve, rooted, spirit, spunk, stamina, steadfast, true, vital, zest

There are two sides to every heart…there is the solid and steadfast side that pumps and thumps. With each beat, our physical heart tirelessly gives and receives blood to keep us alive. Then there is the intangible side that makes us alive. It is nestled in our deepest core and is nourished by giving and receiving love. This is the ageless part of our heart, filling us with beauty, compassion and joy. No wonder the Tin Man felt hollow without it.

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routine

routine

customary or regular course of procedure; commonplace tasks, chores or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; an unvarying and constantly repeating formula; an individual act, performance or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

accustomed, established, everyday, familiar, groove, habitual, order, ordinary, pace, regular, usual

I learned the importance of routine from my grandmother. Her day was not complete without warm milk on her morning cereal (heated just right), a pep talk to her plants, an afternoon nap & cup of tea, and bedtime prayers. You could set your clock by Grandma’s daily routines and she continued them almost to the very end. Being routine may seem boring or monotonous, but there’s an ageless quality about ‘being’ and ‘doing’ on a regular basis. There’s a sense of order and familiarity that comes with daily practice. It leaves you feeling less stressed and more content. Especially when your routines are nourishing and nurturing. So, what nurturing acts are part of your routine? How do you habitually nourish yourself?

P. S. If you’d like to see more of my grandmother’s routines, you can read Growing Up Like Grandma and GG’s Favorite Routines (the song her grandchildren wrote and sang at her funeral).

fresh

newly made, offered, or obtained; new; not previously known; retaining the original properties; unimpaired, not deteriorated; not frozen, canned, or preserved; not faded or worn; pure, cool, or refreshing (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

alive, beginnings, bold, bright, exhilarating, invigorating, new, novel, possible, pure, radiant, vibrant, wholesome, youthful

There’s something youthful about being fresh.  Not in a cheeky or ‘green’ sense, but in the fullness and radiance it evokes.  Being fresh allows us to open up to new possibilities or a different point of view.  It expands us, nourishes us, and keeps us renewed.  How can you freshen up your life?

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new

recently come into existence or use or a particular state or relation; not well known; make or become fresh; having but lately come or been brought into being; appearing for the first time; being the later or latest of two or more things of the same kind; (of physical or moral qualities) different and better (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

added, first time, fresh, newfangled, novel, refreshed, regenerated, renewed, unaccustomed, unfamiliar, venturous

The word ‘new’ is as ageless as each breaking morn. It is full of promise and potential and gives us the opportunity to stretch and grow with each and every new moment we embrace, new person we encounter, and new challenge we face. ‘New’ has a way of renewing us.

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