Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
We are well past the day of New Year’s Resolutions. However, we all can learn from this season of reflection incorporated in the holy days of Lent, Passover, and Ramadan. How is that we approach the values, experiences, and decisions of our life? I offer an edited version of an article by author Sandra Taradash.
“I’ve been thinking about the ‘pleasures of aging’ vs. all the ‘negatives of aging.’ So many conversations with peers are about the sadness of medical issues, loosing family and friends, the chaos of our government, depleting funds, concerns with how children and families have changed, no worthwhile reasons to get out of bed. All the worries that (used to be) about the others, the OLDER people, and NOW WE ARE THE OLDER PEOPLE. How did that happen? And now we have the anxieties that we once overheard the elders kvetch about!
“The good news is I see making my own CHOICES and DECISIONS; having opportunity for more EDUCATION; time to reassemble my priorities; reflect on my faith: inspire my grandkids with their Judaism and how, as a family, we continue the life-cycle of our history, heritage, and culture from generation to generation.
“I recommend we all take time to consider ‘the pleasures of aging’ vs. all the ‘negatives of aging’ by finding our personal paint brush, canvas, and pallet to picture the essence of our life. Please notice I titled this piece, ‘The Colors of Growing OLDER’ and NOT ‘The colors of Growing OLD!’”
Thank you, Sandra!