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Well, thanks for your post, and just before Christmas this year my husband and I attended a course called Systematic Theology. We aren’t done yet. It will continue for months to come. To us it was inspiring. We follow the principles of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It isn’t for everyone, I know. For us it’s a mainstay to review that God was beyond time and space . It also was uplifting. It increased my faith that good could come in 2020. It will take work daily to remind me.

I loved this post!!! As I continue on this journey through my 8th decade, one of the most frustrating things is the way my physical energy level seems to fizzle before my mental energy. Why did I not ever think about doing things in small ways? I’m sure I can exercise for a couple minutes, even if it’s just walking around my apartment. I can write one letter, stuff it in an envelope and walk it to the mail box…lot’s of ways to implement these ideas.

In the face of what sometimes feels like overwhelming change and challenges in the world, I’m planning to forget making resolutions this year and aim, instead for the do-able. In the face of daily reminders of how much seems to be going wrong, I intend to find and focus on small positive things I can do and feel good about. Does that make sense to you?

According to BJ Fogg, PhD, in his brand-new book Tiny Habits, which is based on his years of research at Stanford, choosing, practicing, and most important, celebrating these small acts will lift my mood at the very least. I’ve started the practice, and so far, so good.

Incorporating a simple bending exercise (followed by self-congratulation) into my morning routine for a total of 3 minutes is making me noticeably more limber. Sitting quietly and meditating (followed by a personal thumbs-up gesture) for just a minute before turning on the computer is making it easier to gather my thoughts. And thinking thoughts of gratitude for what means most in my life (followed again by thumbs-up) before closing my eyes at night is no longer skipped. These tiny changes, with others being incorporated as I notice spaces in the day to accommodate more, appear to have a cumulative effect. As a result, I’m better able to find energy and intention needed to help in some small ways to fix the world. That’s the real goal of the next decade: fixing the world.

What helps you face the real challenges of 2020? What habits and coping mechanisms have you found that make you available as a source of help and light for others? Please tell us right here. We all need all the help we can get.

I am an elder male but I am a member of the ElderChicks. At 85,I realize the wonderful addition that women have given my life. Women are smart, intuitive, compassionate,can manage better than any man, and fill in all the important details that are a requirement of civilized living. Would we have an economy without women, quality of life care for our children, and the decency that is the prime requirement for civilization? LOVE YOU!