Aging: The Master Teacher

Don’t Flunk your Retirement!

Jun 15 2017

Too many people, and more guys than gals, flunk their retirement.  OK, many if not most, are financially prepared, and they appear to be recreationally involved in some leisure activities.  All to the good!  But how prepared are they as professed Christians in the most important life arena… their spiritual life?  It’s here where we can flunk retirement; we simply do not see retirement for what it fundamentally is... a new calling to new life. So what is new life exactly?  Well, it doesn’t mean you need to necessarily move your residence or find a new life partner, or change...

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Seven Lifespan Vitality Blockers

Jun 09 2017

Vitality emerges naturally in a person as a mindset of living fully is progressively developed, and when potential wellness obstacles (or blockers) are removed.  The following seven vitality blockers can prevent you from experiencing genuine vitality and from living fully.  Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D. and Caroline Myss say in their book The Creation of Health that people can accelerate illness when one or more of the following seven dysfunctional patterns is present: 1.  The presence of unresolved or deeply consuming emotional, psychological or spiritual stress in our life.  Holding a grudge, unresolved grief, or anger, unexpressed feelings, resentments, injustices, abuse...

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Ten Characteristics That Predict Unsuccessful Aging: Part 2 of 2

May 31 2017

Dr. George Valliant devoted his entire professional life to studying the developmental progression of Harvard graduates.  This study, known as the Grant Study, is perhaps one of the most comprehensive, longitudinal overviews of human development.  Valliant’s findings of how these graduates aged offer us deeper understanding of what it means to be ageless.  Valliant identified ten factors of unsuccessful aging which can paradoxically give us a keener insight into Living Ageless in the Lord.  In this writing I’ll discuss the second five; factors six through ten.  6.  Tendency to create Guilty Feelings Such persons see themselves as the epicenter of...

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Ten Characteristics That Predict Unsuccessful Aging: Part 1 of 2

May 23 2017

Dr. George Valliant devoted his entire professional life to studying the developmental progression of Harvard graduates.  This study, known as the Grant Study, is perhaps one of the most comprehensive, longitudinal overviews of human development.  Valliant’s findings of how these graduates aged offer us deeper understanding of what it means to be ageless.  Valliant identified ten factors of unsuccessful aging which can paradoxically give us a keener insight into living Ageless in the Lord.  In this writing I’ll discuss the first five; next time we will look at factors six through ten.  1.  Tendency to blame others  Persons who blame...

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Agelessness and Dementia

May 09 2017

We see a new picture of dementia when we look through the eyes of Agelessness.  We know the physiology of dementia, how brain cells begin to over produce protein that eventually coagulate into plaques that in turn block neuronal pathways that gradually cause “mental decline”.  We know the process but perhaps not the mystery of dementia.The last spiritual developmental task of life is called “creative completion”.  Here as the end of life approaches we prepare more vigorously than before, for what comes next in our spiritual cosmic journey.  This preparation necessarily requires surrender, a giving up and letting go of...

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Ageless in the Lord and Self-Love

May 02 2017

Ageless in the Lord: A condition of the soul that emerges in one’s illuminations years (65 and up) as one’s advancing relationship with God becomes the primary life motivation and goal. A healthy self-love is an essential ingredient for the emergence of the life condition of agelessness.  In their book Christian Adulthood, authors Whitehead and Whitehead use the term self-intimacy to describe one’s ever evolving and deepening knowledge about and acceptance of self.  As I reflect on my life it becomes clearer to me that my life has been an ongoing challenge to change.  I change physically, psychologically and spiritually....

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