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A client told me recently of a 4-part Netflix series – Live to 100. Since that is my intent most days, I watched it. The documentary host traveled to Japan, Italy, Greece, and more locations interviewing folks where living 100+ years is the norm. The gems of wisdom shared in the learning are amazing.

For me, it started with Don’t fight death (or disease) learn to live. That not at all small shift in approach changes everything within you. A positive motivation versus a negative one causes us to expand, claiming life, passion, purpose, and personal power in creating the journey going forward. It eliminates fear, fatalism, and battle.

The next gem was Time doesn’t take away beauty, negativity does. How true that is. Real beauty is shown in the authentic, loving, and compassionate face and nature of someone. Negativity makes us small and robs us of our purest self. “I’m only being realistic.” is a justification for seeing life through a lens that is filled with judgement, low-expectation, and disappointment. We see what we expect to see. What if “I’m only being realistic.” meant that I am willing to see the miracles that happen every day?

I have said numerous times, most recently was this morning to a client, “I want to eliminate all my naiveté in my lifetime, yet I never want to lose my innocence.” By that I mean, I no longer want to be taken advantage of by situations where “I should have known better.” However, I never want to lose that absolute child-like innocence that can cry easily at the exquisiteness of a newborn, be in awe at the bright red and orange sky of a beautiful evening, catch my breath each evening as I watch the moon shine on the water outside my home.

Laughter, which can also display our child-like innocence, is the gift we give ourselves as well as those around us. Frequently, I am told by someone that they love my laugh. That it is infectious.

That’s usually when I allow that pure joy of life be felt and so appreciate all those around me. Laughter is also known as a powerful healing agent. Norman Cousins lists it as one of the major tools, along with hope, for healing serious disease since the chemical releases are so profound.

The traits of hope, faith, love, and community were emphasized again and again in each part of the Netflix documentary. Love of your neighbor, and community involvement in knowing you are never alone, were considered imperative.  Loneliness is a major disorder in the USA right now. It can be cured by becoming an active part of a community that offers hope to others.

Opening our hearts to being there for others is a saving grace for ourselves. AND it brings that focus on living and caring, as well as supporting our real beauty, and makes it so easy to see miracles happening daily all around us. Whether you want to live to a 100+ or not, what a wonderful way to live the longevity we do have.

My wish for you is a week of joy, faith, hope, positivity, laughter, innocence, and community.

You so deserve it…

Please call if you are ready to fly into the next stage of your life. I can assure you; these traits will be part of all.


Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.