Positive Living is More than Just a Way of Life…, It’s a Choice!
Positive Living is More than Just a Way of Life…, It’s a Choice!
Have you ever walked down the street and seen someone whose smile just radiated off of their face? Whose entire disposition, no matter how sick or tough their life might be, is always able to see the best that life has to offer?
At times those positive people amaze and tire us. We think, “Why can’t we be more like them?” “How do they always see the silver lining?” The truth of the matter is that no matter how positive someone’s outlook might be they still have their ups and downs. It is how they choose to meet those trials and tribulations that make all the difference.
As we get older it is easy to focus on the things that we can no longer do such as driving our car or eating that second or even first piece of chocolate cake. In fact, it is easy to get stuck in the “poor me” rut of life, especially as our Wisconsin winter drags on. However, it is important to remember that as easy as it is to focus on the negative, it is just as easy to focus on the positive. You simply must make the choice to do so.
Recently, I was reminded of this when I ran into an older woman at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center. She walked with a cane, but seemed to be in good spirits considering the blustery, cold weather. I politely asked her how her day was going and she turned and looked me straight in the eye and said, “Honey, I’m 91 years old and alive…that’s all that matters. The day is GREAT!”
I stood their astounded! For this woman simply living another day was great!! It didn’t matter that she walked with a cane, that she had outlived many of her friends or that it was below freezing temperatures outside. She chose to celebrate the day because she had yet another day to experience.
This choice is what we all need to focus on no matter what our age. We have the ability to choose what attitude we will have about our lives. We can choose to be negative and talk only about those things that hinder us or we can choose to focus on those things that we can celebrate in our lives such as our ability to continue walking even if it means using a cane or the ability to breathe fresh freezing air without the aid of oxygen or our ability to remember those friends we have lost while creating new friendships and memories.
Even when we do not consciously choose to act or feel a certain way our psyche is making that choice for us. Therefore, as soon as our eyes open in the morning it is important that we consciously choose to be in charge of our lives and in whether or not we will have a “great day.”
It is said that by giving a smile odds are you will get one in return. The same can be said about positivity. By choosing to be positive you not only enhance your life, but the lives of those around you. Just think how wonderful your life could be simply by choosing to have a “GREAT DAY!”
My father has been here only a little over 2 months. The positive change in him has been DRAMATIC! I would HIGHLY recommend Azura........ I would give it 10 stars if they allowed it! This is the premier facility for any family member with cognitive issues! They do treat residents like family, believe it!
Review posted by Stephen Diedrich
The staff at Oak Creek are all fabulous! It takes special people to care for our loved ones. If has been a trying year for all and the staff at oak creek get a shout out for their kindness and compassion they give to my mom and the others. They have all gone above and beyond to make things seem as normal as possible for my mom! All of the staff have been so helpful and kind! They are all fabulous!!
Review posted by Mary Kubacki
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse
Review posted by Gail Sommers & Deborah Guse
Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
Review posted by Gail Aaroen
Thank you to the Azura Memory Care team, Sheboygan location for the amazing, loving care they provided my dad. They truly loved and cared for my dad as if he was their own. It is such a warm, loving, family environment I only wish we would have moved my dad there years earlier!
Review posted by Patti Bunch
Review posted by Ron Paxson
I have enjoyed working with patients at Azura Care as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The staff has been very helpful in sharing important information about the patients to make their therapy sessions as productive as possible. They are open to learning techniques to help keep patients safe and improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less assistance. Their interactions with patients show caring and compassion with a focus on the needs of each individual to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Review posted by Barb Eisenberg
The journey of caregiving for my Aunt started over 4 years ago. It has been a very long difficult journey. It is hard to watch and frustrating to watch a loved one decline, as well as for them to live the decline. My Aunt found her final peace at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. It was not only her peace but mine as well. I no longer had to worry about her care as I could see that she was loved by her Azura family. She passed away on June 21 and they knew how important that it was for me to be there, but I also found peace that if I was not there, she was with family that loved her. No words can express the appreciation for the care, compassion and love that they have for all their residents. God has opened many doors through my journey and the doors at Azura were truly a gift from God. This family made a difference in a long journey. I will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. They are where and doing what they are meant to do!