04/14/2022 AGEIST Newsletter 283

One of the things that continuously surprises me is the level to which normally attentive people will accept some sort of grim-reality circumstances that can actually be improved upon. If one is not sleeping well, a few simple changes in one’s sleep setup can have a big effect. Similarly, if one is not happy with one’s physicality, one can change it. Of course, if nothing changes, things will go on as they have been in the past.

There are a lot of things in this world we have little or no control over. As the Stoics would say, these are things we just need to accept and deal with. However, there is a lot we do have control over. Pretty much all of our behavior is within our control and, to take it further, our thinking is something we have power over. In the course of producing AGEIST for the last seven years, I have seen incredible changes in people’s lives and conditions. Where it usually starts is a change in beliefs. If we believe something is possible, we may give it a try. 

We all have this issue, myself included, that some part of our lives, some element of our circumstances just must be tolerated, when actually this may simply be a false belief on our part. The power of negative self-delusion is intense, and we all carry it. From what I have seen, because these delusions tend to be so core to our self-image, the only solution is from the outside. Someone may suggest that, whatever it is that you believe you just have to suck up as part of life, you may actually be able to change. Now, there are endless false prophets out there just waiting to sell you the latest miracle water to cure your everything. Beware. But if the suggestion involves probably some behavior change on your part, it may be worth giving it a try.

You never know where new roads will take you. Maybe give it a go.

Until next week,



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David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.


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