Sunday’s daily prompt asks us how we plan to stay young at heart as we get older. I had something in mind to write on that subject because of an old Turkish proverb I read last week. Now today’s prompt asks us about a saying that’s been going through our mind this past week. Perfect! I’ll pull it up again.
Here it is, from my book Words of Wisdom, a collection of famous quotes:
A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
I suspect one may safely change that to
A heart in love with people never grows old.
Actually folks have expressed a number of wise thoughts on the subject of aging, like the poem, “Let me grow lovely, growing old…”
And the obvious:
Growing old is a lot better than not growing old.
In one sense I’m enjoying growing old, am content with my lot in that department. I don’t know if I feel very “young at heart” anymore; I don’t aspire to climb a mountain, go deep sea diving, or become another Grandma Moses. I’ll never write The Great Catsby or To Kill A Mourning Dove. But I do hope I can still appreciate beauty, talent, and courage when I see it.
My wishes for old age are low-key. I already spend enough time reading so I won’t wish for more of that. Some days I look forward to sitting in a seniors’ home, visiting with others, having meals prepared for me and spending hours doing jigsaw puzzles. I may never get there, though; we know one dear old senior who lived in her own home until she was 99. (And made a garden every summer until the last two years!)
However, I aim to do a few useful things yet. According to another sage:
A life of pleasure can be a most sorrowful life.
In the other sense I echo another old saying:
Why do we get so soon old and so late smart?
The insights I’ve finally acquired by age sixty would have come in very handy at age twenty. I’m sorry I lacked so much in basic smarts back then. So many emotional roller-coasters I wouldn’t have needed to ride!
The best remedy for discontent is to count our blessings.
Ah, well. I guess I’ll just go on from day to day and see what life brings, trying to do my part where I can, and living with the faith that whatever life brings to me will be tempered by God’s mercy. What about you?