The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
-Kakuzo Okakaura

Host Marilyn Shannon (marilynshannon.com) of The Breaking Free Show spends time talking with her MOTHER: 92-year-old Gloria Lipman, who joined her in the studio on Monday, August 28, 2017 to talk about embracing change, the world today and living a large and robust life. Enjoy her advice and musings on living a graceful life, loving the world around you and enjoying all that life has to offer. It’s always a treat when Gloria stops in. Let’s Keep the Conversations Going!

Gloria: I wish my children and grandchildren have the same pleasures and just everything wonderful that I’ve had in my own life!

Marilyn: What do you think of this quote? “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. –Kakuzo Okakaura
Gloria: It is true, but if you accept it and don’t fight it, then it can become a pleasure, not a chore.

Marilyn: Sometimes people will ask me how I want a room set up and I’ll say: I don’t care. I’d rather be prepared for anything rather than prepare for something specific and then find myself in a situation that I wasn’t prepared for because I was expected something different from what I encountered.

Marilyn: What’s changed lately?
Gloria: If you consider it a “change” rather accept it and move on. Sometimes you have to join the crowd. I have a quote: May I live as long as I want and want as long as I live. I’m active. I drive, I get around, I’m active, I have friends.

Marilyn: How do you feel about driving?
Gloria: For me, driving is a necessity. I can go where I want to go and not depend on anyone. I love it! I feel safe, I feel confident when I’m driving.
Marilyn: When do you decide to resist change?
I question everything! I don’t take things on face value. When I know about something, I can deal with it.

Marilyn: How do you feel about technology?
GREAT! It brings people together. It brings people into conversation and allows people to voice their opinions.

Marilyn: Let’s talk about parenting. What was your childhood like?
Gloria: I am fortunate enough to have the environment, memories and adults who came with it. It’s the best way to live. I miss them every day. I had so much pleasure. I would like to have spent every day with the people who gave me so much and added so much to my life.

Marilyn: How do you feel about traveling? What’s your favorite place to visit?
I loved Italy and have beautiful memories of my time there. I loved the food! I don’t have to travel anymore though.

Marilyn: What do you think about the world today?
Gloria: In a lot of ways, I like my world better. It’s more peaceful, but I do think it’s changed. I think that people today don’t put enough emphasis on being respectful and kind.