Engaging with the world


There are very few of us who truly can’t make a difference to family, our neighbours or the wider world. If you are not already active in the world think about what you can do.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

This is about finding the joy and energy of ‘serving’ whatever it is that gives you value and developing both ‘who’ and ‘how’ you want to be.

Many people find helping others gives purpose, social contact and teaches new skills.

Of course, you should not exhaust yourself and you need to get the balance right.

Whatever you believe in or stand for, there will be groups who will appreciate your help, however full or limited it is. Seek them out and find out what you can do. It could be a morning in a charity shop, letter writing for Amnesty International or to MPs (or even local papers).  


The next section looks at Choosing appropriate exercise.

Healthy Active Ageing

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