Motivational Monday…Keep It Active

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Motivational Monday…Keep It Active


Getting older is not for the faint of heart.  When we first met our friend, one of the first things he told us was that his memory is going. He takes medication for it. However lately, he forgot a few turns here and there and lost his credit card.

One of the things that Larry and I admire about him though is that he continues to want to learn. 

It has been a task in recent weeks getting him set up on a laptop…a move away from his desktop. But we’re close to the finish line!


We may never remember all that we’ve learned or even use it. What’s important is that we continue to exercise our minds. Like the muscles in the rest of our body…

Use it or lose it!


This is one of the reasons why I continue to blog and attend the weekly Zoom meetings. I’ve learned about Accessory Dwelling Units and how to create podcasts from the meetings. 


I cannot imagine a scenario where I will actively use that knowledge however I learned more than I knew about the topics. That’s a win in my book. 



The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size. Albert Einstein


Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.   Stephen Hawking

The energy or active exercise of the mind constitutes life. Aristotle


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Comments (25)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I can' t imagine doing nothing.  Whatever you don't use you lose.  Always something to learn.  My father was someone who was always experimenting with his computer.  I made a complete backup for him for that purpose.

May 23, 2022 06:01 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This is such a great post. Yes, we all get a round trip is what we do with the time in between the turnstiles that matters

May 23, 2022 06:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I love learning new things too.   I think that is probably the scariest is thinking you may start having memory issues.

May 23, 2022 07:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your selection of quotes.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 23, 2022 08:41 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  I wish I could learn and retain more but the older I get the harder it is to do some things.  I am still determine to stay sharp in my business and still love to cook.


May 23, 2022 09:04 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Agreed, aging is not for the faint of heart, but it sure beats the alternative! 

It does take me a little more time to learn new concepts these days, but I do continue to try.

May 23, 2022 09:22 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Kathy Streib, we have to prepare and plan our golden ages, I plan on working until the day I no longer can. Keep moving...keep breathing. 

May 23, 2022 11:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 the mind is remarkable. Sometimes life is cruel and no matter what you do, you may experience memory loss, etc. 

HI Sham Reddy CRS Thank you and congratulations to your daughter!!!! 

May 23, 2022 11:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin I hear you!!!  And it's good to change up what you read. Studies have shown that it helps to learn and try different things to help keep our minds in shape. For example, learning a language or learning to play a different type of card game. And caring for your grandchild will definitely keep you young!

Nina Hollander, Broker excellent point. My friends who never adapted to the computer find it harder for them now, for example. 

May 23, 2022 11:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti Think of all you've had to learn when you moved West!!!

Grant Schneider I agree. I am here blogging for that very reason. Meeting new people every day that we walk is stimulating!

May 23, 2022 11:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty May your journey through the turnstile by very long!!!

Joan Cox I agree. But we do the best we can. Like your trips...they keep your mind very active. 

May 23, 2022 11:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley Thank you. You and Chef Dolores do a lot to keep yourselves active. 

Will Hamm all of us have that but look at you!!! Still learning and sharing your thoughts with us. 

May 23, 2022 11:22 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty keep at it!!!  It's too easy to dismiss something that you don't need so not even try to learn. 

Beth Atalay I know that you will!!!!  Hope traveling is on your agenda soon. 

May 23, 2022 11:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You speak for many of us Kathy Streib , thank you. I believe that if I didn't go to work every day I would go down hill very fast. Active Rain does it's part in keeping me thinking.

May 23, 2022 11:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the golden years are not what they are claim to be.  there is a lot of copper along the way.  ☺️

May 23, 2022 12:17 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Your motivational Monday blog post always starts me out with a positive attitude and I thank you for that Kathy Streib 

May 23, 2022 02:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Bob "RealMan" Timm Thank you. It's so important no matter our age to keep moving and never stop learning. 

George Souto You're not kidding!!!

May 23, 2022 04:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is important to continue exercising the brain.  I have used Duolingo the last few years to learn Spanish.  I think it helps a great deal with memory.

May 23, 2022 08:36 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

One of my favorite tricks about memory (from when I was working in a seniors community) is that old songs can trigger dormant portions of the memory to come alive for a period of time. Even one gentle man that never spoke, would suddenly become connected and start singing whenever "You are my sunshine" was played.

May 24, 2022 08:58 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Having lost an aunt to alzheimers, and now seeing my dad decline with the same disease, I appreciate the importance of exercising our minds daily. 

May 24, 2022 12:38 PM