I just attended another celebration of life for the father of a good friend. As I am growing a bit older with each passing of the seasons, I am also growing more aware of all that entails. Those of us who are blessed to remain healthy and get older must by definition remain here to say good bye to those going home, and to connect or not to those who are less fortunate with disease and injury. My own Dad is now 97 years old. All of his peers have long since crossed over. He gifts us continually with setting the highest example for others to follow. Now, in more recent years, what that looks like is seeing him accepting the help of others for all of his care. And, he does it cheerfully, apparently without a care in the world. Truly, he has “given it up” to some higher power, and that power has in turn given him the gift of complete serenity. It answers my own prayer of allowing Dad to cross over with peace and dignity. The flip side of that for me is that the Dad I knew for most of my 58 years left a few years back, and I sometimes find myself grieving that loss, even with him still physically present. A few thoughts that come to me, the older I get.
The older I get, the more that people in my life gain value.
The older I get, my feelings become more important than my thoughts.
The older I get, the more I realize that being happy is more important than being right.
The older I get, the more I understand that the art of wisdom is knowing what to overlook.
The older I get, the more I realize the importance of living in this moment, now.
The older I get, the higher the value I see in our elders and in our children.
The older I get, the more I get the wisdom of balance. It’s the key.
The older I get, the more I realize that when I judge, I deny myself and others.
The older I get, the more I know that love is the most powerful emotion.
The older I get, the more I believe that being a part of community is important.
The older I get, the more apparent is the value of alone time.
The older I get, the more I get it that the world does not belong to humans.
The older I get, the more obvious it is to me that we should always consider the next seven generations when making decisions.
The older I get, the more I come to understand that if there is to be a future for all beings on this planet, we must begin to seek the avenues of change.
The older I get, the more important I realize that I must become the change I want to see.
I’ll finish up with a little piece that my MasterMind partner, Amy, and I read aloud at the conclusion of our MasterMind meeting each week. I am grateful to her for sharing this with me.
May I feel protected and safe May I feel content and pleased May my physical body provide me with strength May my life unfold smoothly with ease.