The Zone, Vol 41: Explore. Dream. Discover.

by The ParaDocs

January 7, 2021

The Zone Weekly with paraDocs

Let’s talk about how to embrace 2021!

In Volume 41 of this guest series, psychotherapist, Dr. Francis L. Battisti, and nutritionist, Dr. Helen Battisti, discuss how we can make 2021 the year that we take chances and evolve. 

For over 10 years, they have worked closely with us on aging concerns and have presented many webinars and in-person workshops. Their newsletter, The Zone, is a weekly mental health and nutrition tip sheet during times of change.

Traditionally, following the Julian calendar introduced by the authority of Julius Caesar in 46 BC, this volume of The ZONE will be the first for 2021.  Continuing with tradition, frequently individuals will set New Year’s resolutions with the hope of accomplishing them during the upcoming year.  The tradition of setting goals dates back over 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon, with the motivation to be seen positively by the gods.  This tradition continued to ancient Rome, through the Middle Ages and up to today.

Another way to embrace this time of year is to view it as a continuing, ever-changing lifecycle: prenatal development, infancy and toddler years, early childhood, middle childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood.   Each of us finds ourselves at a different point in our life cycle and we assign specific tasks to this period of time.  However, in today’s ever-changing world, we are offered new possibilities and opportunities that will shape what we do with our tomorrows.  Our paths are not set, they are created.  Examples of individuals who are changing the nature of the lifecycle include: 15 year-old scientist and inventor, Gitanjali Rao, who is Time Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year”; 51 year-old grandmother who gave birth to her own granddaughter through surrogacy; and Gladys Burrill who is known as “Gladyator” because she completed the Honolulu Marathon at 92 years-old.

As we move forward, we have choices and opportunities that are offered daily that contain known and unknown possibilities.  The ones we choose or don’t choose will direct our continually evolving lifecycle path.

Key Takeaways
  • Remember to stop and smell the roses.
  • We are creating our future, in the moment.
  • Is it time to re-examine your lifecycle?
Best Practices
  • If you are stuck in a rut, stop spinning your wheels.
  • Get outside, its good for your vitamin D.
  • Face your future without flinching.
Things to Limit
  • Not practicing self-care.
  • Setting unrealistic goals.
  • Thinking that your tomorrows will be just a repeat of yesterdays.

In summary, while our calendar marks life in a linear fashion, the reality is that life is cyclical and ever-changing.  So, we may want to recall the words of Mark Twain, when he wrote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Quote of the Week

“You can get excited about the future.  The past won’t mind.”
Hillary Depiano

About the author 

The ParaDocs

The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P. and Chief Academic Officer and, Dr. Helen E. Battisti, PhD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.

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