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An eradicator of all but
A constant reminder that the
Mechanisms faltering and under
The cost of living that yields
A hardening kernel encased in a
A constant reordering and
succumbing for all living things.
Gradually changing ‘seasons’
presenting new situations and challenges.
A process that can either
enhance patience, insight and wisdom or wither inexorably.
Intrepid striving to realize
potentials while being undermined by nature’s incessant
For the superficial and vain:
‘Distortions’ and disasters; for the sagacious and mature:
- Perhaps the best of you
is always yet to be.
- Perhaps who you are is
gradually written on your face.
- Perhaps infancy begins
a quest for character that requires challenges.
- Perhaps what is within
never ages, perhaps it grows with experience.
- Perhaps all living
things deteriorate and decay; perhaps only spirit grows and
- Perhaps bodily problems
provide opportunities for maturing, for accepting and
- Perhaps aging is a
blessing: the infirmities of some bringing out the concern,
caring and nurturing of others.
- Perhaps aging is a
constant reminder that the state you are in is temporary …
that you had better make the most of what is now.
- Perhaps with each line
and furrow and the slowing of your ‘gait’, you gradually
realize that your inner determination is your only recourse.
- Perhaps we should ask
who appreciates life more: a twenty year old or an eighty
year old? Who has more self-composure, greater acceptance of
what is? Who has more accurate perceptions, knows more of
common pitfalls, mankind’s follies? Who relishes beauty and
art unselfconsciously, unabashedly? Who is closer to the
your thoughts on growing old gracefully??
ESSAY ON AGING by EDWIN
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