The most essential element for avoiding degeneracy and deterioration is being alert and present to every aspect of our lives at every moment. This kind of alertness takes a lot of work and effort. Criticism, jealousy, anger, judgement and dwelling on the past are degenerative. Having a clear, positive purpose to work towards and focus on, along with acceptance, appreciation, and compassion are rejuvenating. We can decide what to emphasize; to be either reactive or proactive. Our attitude makes all the difference.