Social Wellness

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Social Wellness 社交廣泛

In our modern world, we were taught from young to compete and to excel. In school, our teachers want us to be top of class. In work, our bosses want us to be high-fliers. We climb the corporate ladder and try to outdo our competitors. We are not taught that instead of competing, if we co-operate with each other, put our heads together, we could achieve more in any given situation.

REVERSE is a co-operative because we believe in co-operation more than competing. We want to join hands with you and help each other to finish our race well. We have come to a realization that nobody can be no. 1 in everything all the time. We need to use our different talent, experience and interest to complement each other to create the synergy and results that no individual can attain. Teamwork divides the effort and multiples the effect.

Friends and Family
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air at the same time. You will soon understand that work is a RUBBER ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” So don’t drop your family and your old friends.
Enlarge your social circle
If you haven’t spend time to ponder ‘What is the purpose in life?’ you must. Most people have this thought on birth of a new baby; death of friends/relatives or a job loss etc. When we witness the start of life or end of life, we are confronted with the big ‘Why’. But confrontational it may be, did you sit back and actually spent thinking time to explore the answer? Whatever you believe is your purpose, it should enhance your living by guiding you into helpful habits and behavior.
Co-operate don’t Compete
Life is not a zero-sum game. You don’t have to win this game and beat all the other participants in the game to finish this only game that matter. Unfortunately, the games that we are taught to play cannot completely stimulate this game of life. We grow up playing poor substitutes like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladder and many other card or board games and think ‘getting ahead in life’ is what it is all about. It is only when you get into senior management that some management games are devised to teach us teamwork and thinking-out-of-the-box. Modern businesses stress co-operations within their own organizations to get the optimum value out of their resources. So it is ironical that they don’t stress co-operation on a higher scale to get the maximum value out of the scarce resources of our earth. REVERSE Co-op stress this as the underlying principle that will bring us the returns and results we anticipate in pooling the otherwise wasted valuable resources of able-bodied retirees.
We are in this world not to survive or to succeed by ourselves. Rather, we need to serve one another. This is our contribution to society and derives value for ourselves. We can serve in some humble position and at the same time serve in larger, more important roles to keep a balance. This gives us meaningful activities in our active-living.

Taking Action

‘As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are… Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl.’ – General Colin Luther Powell in Bridging the Gap is telling us to carefully choose our friends. Genuine friends who want to see us do well because they will be lifted up together with our wellness. We need to keep a few close, like-minded friends to urge each other on. At the same time, we need to keep a wide circle of friends, even some with opposing ideas and values to keep us sharp and humble.

REVERSE Co-op wants to become a central reference point for your new, enlarged social circle. We will seek your interests and background and organize activities of work and play that will suit you and others with similar interests and background. At the same time, we hope in this wider circle of seniors’ cohort, you will be able to find a few like-minded, equal experienced seniors to become close companions in the last part of your life journey.