“Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
–Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 20th Century Polish Aphorist and Poet
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Among my top priorities is my daily video chat with my 93-year-old father. Marvin lives in an assisted living facility in Florida.
Over the past few months, the residents have been quarantined to their rooms, with very limited interactions except for meal and medication deliveries.
Who are the seniors and super-seniors in your life? How and in what way can you honor and experience the work of art they are?
Please consider replying to this post regarding how you and your families celebrate this beauty.
FRIDAY REVIEW: AGE
What are your attitudes and beliefs about age? Here are a few age-related posts you may have missed. Click the link to read the full message.
“We are always the same age inside.”
“You Can Change at Any Age.”
“Youth is eternal to those with a curious, loving, joyous spirit.”
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
—Douglas MacArthur, American five-star General and Field Marshal
My Dad, Marvin Demp
I recently spent some time with my extended family in the Philadelphia area, due to the passing of my brother-in-law Arthur. One benefit of this sad time was the gathering of everyone to celebrate his remarkable life and to reconnect with one another.
During this time we visited with family from the age of one – little Noah – to my dad Marvin, age eighty-eight. Some of the discussions we had related to the changing phases in all of our lives, including a few wrinkles, an extra pound or two, and a little more grey hair.
I was delighted to see everyone still fully engaged in life — not a wrinkled soul in the bunch!
How can you stay fully engaged in your life, avoid wrinkles of your soul, and remain forever young – no matter what your age?
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
– Michael Altshuler, motivational speaker
Photo by Kora Xian on Unsplash
I recently attended a coaching conference where a speaker, Jim Selman, shared his work on the topic of aging. I was surprised to see just how significant and universal the subject was for the majority of conference participants – including myself.
What does it mean to age well? What has many of us pursue the fountain of youth, through everything from plastic surgery to the next wonder drug?
How can we transform our views on aging, to impact our lives in the areas of health, happiness, self-expression, meaningful relationships, and the overall desire for purpose?
How will you pilot your life, given your answer to the question above, to make the most of the precious time that you have?
“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”
—Albert Camus, 20th Century French Philosopher
Image from Unsplash be Val Vesa
Our society embraces youth, beauty, and vitality. These qualities seem to coincide with the spring and summer, where new growth begins and we bloom into our fullness.
As we age, we enter the autumn of our lives. I embrace the metaphor of leaves, in all their wondrous colors, being a second spring. With aging and life experience, we can discover new forms of inner beauty and wisdom.
How can you embrace every moment and every season of your life?
What beauty can you find in where you are and who you have become?