Random Thoughts

Thoughts while shaving

by Jim Tierney

As we get older, our reflexes and memory lose a step or two. This is the normal aging process and we have our own individual ways of dealing with it, trying to be more alert and, perhaps, making reminder notes. I use the word FOCUS as my daily companion and guide. When I park my car in a shopping mall, I “focus” on where I am as I get out of the car and look for a landmark. I have no trouble finding it in a crowded parking area. I do the same focusing when leaving my keys on the bureau, the counter, my jacket, etc. Walking along the sidewalk and climbing stairs require MORE concentration because they are activities so routine. I focus as I walk so I’ll notice that broken sidewalk area to prevent a possible twisted ankle or maybe worse. Steps aren’t always even as you climb, especially the first one that is sometimes higher than the others, resulting in a trip on the second step. As a reminder, say the magic words ... Hocus Pocus Focus.  




May 6, 2011


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