I don’t think you’re suddenly going to begin to look at the world with new eyes when you’re 80 if you haven’t been doing it when you’re 30.
We are creatures of habit as evidenced by our getting stuck in old viewpoints long after they have quit serving us. However, that fact doesn’t restrict us for all time. Anytime we want to cultivate a new idea, an alternative approach to a situation, we are free to do so. Janice may be right regarding some people she has known, but we are capable of freshening our perspective at any age.
We have all known some elderly men and women who have the spirit and enthusiasm of the very young. Unfortunately, we have also known the reverse. How sad to observe the 40 or 50 year old person who has quit living. Their whining belies their age. Who will we be? The choice is always available to us. And we can remake it as often as we wish.
What a relief to know that if we’re old and resentful today, we still have the opportunity to be young and full of laughter tomorrow. Maybe we can’t do everything we used to do, but this decision is still in our power.
I will open my eyes to whatever I choose to see today. Yesterday’s experiences have only the power I give them.
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Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey
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