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Think of all the hardships you’ve been through. How do you think you got through the tough times? It certainly wasn’t because you got scared and buried your head in the sand.
And yes, it certainly wasn’t fun to, say, go through unemployment or even a family loss, but think of how others looked up to you when you braved the stormy seas. Whether you realize it or not, you probably encouraged many others to become more courageous, just like you. Being Courageous means taking risks.
You had to put forth some energy. You worked harder and gave time to those you love a lot.
Don’t even try to dispute that because you know it’s true! You had an enthusiasm that people felt more energetic just by being around you. The
way you talked, the way you walked, it’s was just so electrifying!
You had an ability to love. Your friends and family were around for a reason. You obviously brought a smile to their faces and valued their time. The care and attention that you brought to each and every one of your relationships is one of the many reasons why people love you. Don’t believe it?
Go through the e-mail your friends and family have written you. How many thank-yous do you notice? Better yet, do you have any handwritten cards or thank-you notes people have sent to you that you’ve kept? Obviously, the way you show love to others has made a bigger impact than
Your sense of Humor worked well for you. Everybody loves a good laugh. People love people who don’t take themselves too seriously. You were able to laugh at yourself.
You try to put a positive spin on things, rather than concentrating on the problems at hand. You look toward coming up with solutions. While some people complain when they got a cold meal, you are thankful that you are able to eat at such a lovely restaurant.
People love to be heard. Surely there have been times where people have turned to you for advice or even a shoulder to cry on. Why do you think they keep coming back again and again?
Only a special person like you is able to master the skill of listening. You really take the time to look at them, be in the present moment, and pause before you answer.
Divorce Rate Soars
The rate of divorce among older adults (over
age 50) has doubled in the past 20 years.
Among those who are in remarriages the divorce rate is even higher — 2 1/2 times that of those in a first marriage.
The implications for seniors aren’t the same as they are for younger generations — we have a different set of issues that come with divorce. If you’re considering ending a marriage, here are some things to think about:
• Adult children — What role will they need to take? Caregiver or financial supporter as one of you ages? And that’s if you have adult children nearby.
• Your home — Who gets to keep it? The one who ends up with the house will likely end up with less of something else in the settlement.
• Caring for parents — If you’re a caregiver (financially, physically or both) for your own parents, you’ll likely end up doing this on your own. What will that do to your own health? Can you afford it?
• Alimony — If you’re still working, you’ll likely pay alimony to an unemployed spouse, and not for just a short period of time. It will likely be until the end of his or her life.
• Retirement — Your assets will likely be halved, and as a senior, your ability to increase income will be limited. Your tax bracket will change to single, which is a higher tax rate.
Get financial and legal counseling before dropping the D-word on your spouse. Get all your information first so that assets don’t disappear. Know whether there are any 401(k) plans and if there have been any loans taken out on them. Be sure to understand your rights. And if you remarry, get a pre-nup without fail.
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