Power of positive thinking

This is my friend, Carol, in my home for lunch and a game of Wii bowling and golfing (2011).


Whenever I feel depressed and hopeless, I think of my friend, Carol. She is such an inspiration for all of us.

This is a widow in her 80s, who still drives her car and attends plays and shows at various theaters – even at night when bad people could knock her down and steal her purse. She is fearless. I feel that if this elderly widow can drive so bravely at night, why the hell can’t I? For Pete’s sake, get in the car and drive, man!

I last saw her at Straub Medical Center a few years ago. I asked her how she was feeling. Instead of giving me a laundry list of personal problems, Carol told me she was studying Italian. Once a month, she got together with her classmates to have a potluck Italian lunch in their Italian teacher’s home, each person bringing an Italian dish to share. They sat down to eat and conversed in Italian. Whoa! And this woman is in her 80s? Incredible!

Carol graduated with a degree in Dance from Juilliard in New York. She was a Dance Critic for The Honolulu Advertiser for many years. She is now retired. She walks freely without assistance, probably because of her training as a dancer. She also golfs.

She has a keen interest in ballet. She told me she attended 2 different productions of “The Nutcracker” and enjoyed comparing the choreography and dancing of the two shows. This woman definitely does not have dementia. She is such an engaging conversationalist. Not dull, at all.

Carol is a classic example of the power of positive thinking. She has tremendous positive energy and a can-do attitude in life.

To know her is to want to be just like her.

Here’s a toast to my dear friend, Carol. May she live long and continue to inspire all of us.

16 Responses to “Power of positive thinking”

  1. DavidH Says:

    I do not know Carol, but I can she has inspired you to excel and be the best that you can be. What a great inspiration!

  2. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Carol sounds like a great inspiration for us all! Have a good week, Valerie

  3. Iris Flavia Says:

    WOW. Yes. She is an inspiration!!!
    You are to know her. And thank you for sharing, too.

  4. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …always stay positive.

  5. Doug M Says:

    This was such a nice tribute to your friend Gigi, she’s an inspiration alright. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading about her. :^)

  6. Arkansas Patti Says:

    She really is an inspiration. I know much younger people who aren’t nearly as active and involved. Kudos to her. That is how to age.

  7. Christine Says:

    Wow good for Carol!

  8. Elephant's Child Says:

    She does indeed sound inspirational.

  9. Tom from Sightings Says:

    We should all try to follow her lead — stay active, stay healthy, stay young.

  10. marmeladegypsy Says:

    Carol sounds like an amazing woman. We all need these inspiring role models in our lives. Just knowing them kicks us out of our own dark holes! She sounds like a great woman.

  11. AC Says:

    She seems blessed with much energy.

  12. Linda Reeder Says:

    She is fortunate to be able to be so active. Good for her.


    Your friend Carol is a good example for us all. Thanks for sharing her story! 🙂

  14. Olga Says:

    She is an inspiration.

  15. Nancy Chan Says:

    We all need to be like your friend Carol and follow her example to be a good inspirer to others.

  16. DJan Says:

    She is an inspiration, for sure. I just passed over the eighty barrier and hope I can continue to keep up my activities in the years to come.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: