My mom will be 68 tomorrow (Happy Birthday, Mom!!).
A little under three years ago at age 65, she started a non-profit thrift store. It’s something she always wanted to do. She researched how to get started, found a location, and with the assistance of incredible volunteers, Shepherds Frock (Sidney, IA) opened its doors. The store has awarded several grants in its short existence and provides a need for the community as well as surrounding towns.
In Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Change by Henrik Edberg, continue to grow and evolve is the last rule of the 10. I would say that my mom is the epitome of what it means for a person to continue to grow and evolve.
If you live in Nebraska, you probably saw the TV ad campaign at one time for Metropolitan Community College. Within the commercial was a sweet, older lady who took classes, because “I never want to stop learning.”
My husband Jack is convinced that will be me in my later years. I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you very much.
There is so much we can do to continue to grow and evolve no matter what our age is. By taking the time to learn something new or continuing to cultivate a skill we already have, we can be an instrument for change.
It can take shape in many ways:
*Volunteer anywhere there is a need: homeless shelter, animal shelter, local library, religious center, food pantry, fire and rescue units, assisted living centers, etc. There are so many opportunities. Find something you have an interest in and give some time. When we give to others, we receive so much in return.
*Read blogs and books, listen to podcasts, and watch documentaries to name a few ways to educate ourselves.
*Take classes on a college campus or online.
*Go to a conference.
*Belong to a book club or writing club. Better yet, start one of your own.
*Exercise the body in addition to the mind. Join a walking, running, or biking club. Or better yet, start one of your own (did that sound familiar?). When we feel energized physically, we feel energized mentally and spiritually.
I see what my mom has started with Shepherds Frock (with the help of friends and family), and I am inspired to keep growing and evolving.
She says she will hand it off to someone else when she turns 70.
We’ll see about that.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.