Thursday, June 25, 2015

Knitting with Purpose

On her 104th birthday, Dody Patterson spends the morning knitting caps at her apartment at Good Samaritan Society Eugene Village in Eugene on Dec. 3, ...

Dody Patterson likes to be busy.  She loves to knit and makes hats for children that need them, 250 of them a year.  Dody Patterson has purpose!  She is 104 years old.  She tells us that knitting keeps her mind busy, her fingers nimble and allows her to give to others.

Knitting is such a simple thing and it has given Dody purpose for many years. So why is purpose so important as we age?  The same reason it's important for us when we are starting a career; when you have a strong purpose you have a drive, a direction and a passion that gets you out of bed in the morning. People with a purpose thrive!

As we journey through life our purpose will often change.  When we have children they become our purpose.  Our jobs and careers are often a purpose.  When we retire we will see another change and that is a time that it is very important to find our new purpose.

Part of aging successfully is having a purpose, something we love to do and want to share.  It might be knitting, it might be a hobby you haven't even started yet.  Maybe it's reading and sharing your books or sharing your love of yoga.  Whatever it is jump in fearlessly and live it up!  You want to thrive!

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