Thursday, October 21, 2021

Live a Meaningful Life


Dear Coach,

I’ve always been a vital person but as I’ve aged my rheumatoid arthritis is taking a toll on my ability to feel purposeful. I don’t want to turn into a Couch Potato, but my physical ability is limited. Any suggestions on how I can still feel like I have a reason to get up in the morning?

Fading Fast

Dear Fading,

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You are definitely wise to continue to seek a purpose as your physical abilities decline. 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. As I considered your question, I was reminded of Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking. Physical disability need never be a factor as we define ourselves, live meaningful lives, or contribute to society. Brain storm about what you want to do in this next phase of your life then take steps to do it. Let me know how it works out for you.

As a retired Certified Personal/Professional Coach, I’m delighted to bring my years of life coaching experience to Coastal Breeze News readers. I’m currently writing a self-help book, “Mom’s Gone, Now What?” and invite you to follow me at More than mother loss, the blog addresses how to live a healthy, joy-filled life.

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