Fear and Pain

Henri points out that…” for most people in our world, growing old is filled with fear and pain.  Millions of the elderly are left alone, and the end of their cycle becomes a source of bitterness and despair.”   He promises to explore the reasons why but  is quick to point out that,  “there is a temptation … Read more

Prophets

Nouwen refers to old people as “prophets”. Without speaking, those of us who have obvious signs of aging remind fellow travelers to heed the “process we all share”. I believe that is why ageism exists because just as prophets of old were put into wells to hide or silence them from fore telling the future, … Read more

More Henri

“Aging does not need to be hidden or denied, but can be understood, affirmed and experienced as a process of growth by which the mystery of life is slowly revealed to us”. I love that Nouwen uses symbols for aging that elicit visual images. The wooden wagon wheel “slowly” revealing the mystery of life to … Read more

Heni J.M. Nouwen

Heni J.M. Nouwen has written the book, “Aging. The Fulfillment of Life”, which, I believe,summarizes what he refers to as “the great wheel of life”. He considers each phase of life as “spokes on a wheel” and the turning the “fulfillment of the life cycle moving forward”. Nouwen believes that, “Aging does not need to … Read more

Mentors

Everyone has mentors that they follow to use as an example of excellence. Baseball hopefuls swing like their heroes and financial wizard “wanna bes” study all the suggestions of the Wall Street icons. Those of us looking forward to an “older age” often tap into those who were born decades before us. I have chosen … Read more

Reinventing

We hear so much today about “reinventing” ourselves. Have you ever reinvented yourself? How did you do it? I can’t seem to get the knack of it although I have tried. The best I can do is bring myself into the environment in which I find myself. The first moving pictures had scenery on a … Read more

When You Are Ready

I am posting this in anticipation that someday you will read it. Maybe you are not yet of a “certain age” but when that time comes you will be ready to explore this issue. Think back and admit it, 20 or 30 years ago when you met someone your current age, didn’t you think they … Read more