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.


freedom from toil or strain; freedom from the demands of work or duty; free or unoccupied time; without haste; time when you can do whatever you want to do (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

calm, cat nap, decompression, ease, freedom, light-heartedness, no pressure, peace, recreation, relaxation, repose, respite, rest, unhurried

Interestingly, the original meaning of leisure comes from licere (Latin)—to be permitted.  Hmmm, does this mean one needs permission to relax or play?  Not if you are ageless.  When you’re ageless, leisure comes easily to you.  You know how to find the perfect balance of work and play, to dwell in the freedom of simplicity, and to surround yourself with the people and places that give you pleasure.  Leisure is about allowing yourself to do things—or nothing at all—not because you have to, but because you want to.  So, how do you permit leisure in your day?


state or quality of being independent; freedom from subjection, or from the influence of others; exemption from external control or support; not requiring or relying on something or somebody else (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

autarchic, autonomous, competent, empowered, free, freedom, independent, liberty, license, self-sufficient, sovereign

As I reflect upon our country’s upcoming birthday, I see how the ideal of freedom on which our great nation was built, shares much in common with the state of independence that comes with aging well.  Both are born out of passion, determination, optimism, character, balance and strength.  We prosper from a shared sense of connection and community, from using our heads, and listening to our hearts.  We thrive with grace and gratitude, and knowing we are not alone, all the while remembering independence is not just about free will for all, but good will to all.


having or showing no fear when faced with something difficult or unknown; manifesting a high degree of vitality, spirit and daring (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

brave, bold, chin-up, courageous, dauntless, gingery, high-spirited, lively, peppery, plucky

When you’re spunky you have a “can do” attitude.  Whether it’s trying a new recipe, running a marathon, managing your own business, or learning something new, you rise to the occasion with optimism and determination.  There’s no doubt, whatever the odds, you will always land on your feet!


the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like; a successful performance or achievement; satisfactory completion of something; one who succeeds (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

abundance, arrival, boom, ease flow, flying colors, prosperity, thriving

Latin: sub (under) cedere (to go); “going beneath”

It’s interesting that the derivation of success is “going under” when its meaning is to “not go under!.” I see it more as diving into our deepest layers to uncover what holds us back and to remember where we come from. It’s is going beneath that we connect with our ageless, timeless Source, and that is the key to true success.


a point of origin or source; an indispensable element; to express enthusiastic approval; applaud or encourage (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

bedrock, centered,  established, foundation, fundamental, grounded, nourishing, origin, solid, stability, support, substance, sustenance, soul

When we are rooted to our Source we connect with the ageless part of us.  This connection helps us grow and blossom—always providing loyal support, nurturing wisdom and unconditional love.  These loving roots allow us, in turn, to foster the growth of our family and friends.

How do you stay rooted?


having a smooth rich flow; indicative of a successful outcome; having glowing vitality, radiant; exceptionally valuable, advantageous or excellent (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

adaptable, bright, excellence, favorable, flourishing, fortunate, happy, honeyed, malleable, mellow, radiant, successful, supple, valued, vibrant, well

When you are golden you live each day as if it is a magical adventure.  You share your radiance with everyone you meet and you do onto others as you would have them do unto you.  When you’re golden you are rich in love and you know how to treasure each moment.


intense emotion that compels to action; a longing for something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction; the affection and tenderness felt by lovers; a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

alive, animated, appetite, ardor, desire, enthusiasm, excitement, fervor, fiery, heart, itch, lively, love, participate, purpose, soul, spirited, verve, vim, zeal

Sure, it’s good to have the kind of passion that Rod Stewart sings about, but when you’re ageless, your first passion is life itself. You are compelled to follow your dreams, forge connections, and focus on what truly makes you alive. You can’t imagine wasting a single moment and you know deep down, your greatest love affair is with your soul.


a liking for or enjoyment of something because of the pleasure it gives; fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

ardor, brightness, eagerness, enthusiasm, excitement, fervor, fire, freshness, gusto, heart, joy, passion, pleasure, relish, taste, zeal

Living with zest is the ultimate way to be ageless.  It’s about waking up each day, grateful and enthusiastic for what will unfold.  When you live with zest, nothing grates on you and your challenges are always sprinkled with optimism.  Zest is that pop of pleasure that brightens your senses and elevates your experience of life.


full of cheerfulness or gaiety; joyous disposition or spirit; full of mirth; causing happiness and delight; marked by lighthearted ease of mind and spirit (Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary)

blithe, boon, cheery, festive, frolicsome, gay, glad, gleeful, happy, jocund, jolly, jovial, lighthearted, mirthful, pleasant

To be merry is to have lightness of heart, which is the fountain of youth.  It is also having largeness of heart—giving generously & joyfully of yourself, just because it makes you smile inside and out.  Merriness is an enthusiastic attitude about life, freeing you from being fearful of time or harmed by loss.  Instead of struggling against the current, you choose to float gently down the stream.  And, even though your skin may sag and wrinkle with time, the youthful twinkle in your eyes always shines through.

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