PONDERING THE GIFTS THAT COME WITH AGE

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.

Today I celebrate the return of writing to my life.  Although I must admit that after writing the following post, I ended up with a headache.  Hopefully soon I will be able to celebrate the end of headaches.

I wonder if he got headaches????
I wonder if he got headaches????

Today’s prompt is ponder. It seems that all I ever do is ponder. At the ripe old age of 66 I still find life perplexing. I spend time pondering issues such as do we become less empathetic as we age? On the face of it, it does seem that way. I see that loss and even death are accepted much more matter of factly these days by me and by friends and family who are older than me.  I wonder – is this a good thing? Is this evidence of wisdom? Or is it just hardening of the arteries?

I wonder if Mother Theresa became less empathetic as she aged? Did the heartache she immersed herself in become less emotionally charged as she got older? She seemed to be such a joyful person. Does acceptance of heartache become less intense when you are concretely working to help ease the cause of the heartache?

Maybe empathy doesn’t have to be gut wrenching. Maybe the gift of age is the realization that trouble will happen to all. When trouble comes to our friends and family, we will feel sorrow and empathize with their pain. But the gift of experience is to realize it is more important to help the person experiencing the trouble. And sometimes the only way you can help the friend in time of trouble is to bring and smile and if you are very brave bring them the gift of laughter.

Wishing you a trouble free day,

Bernadette

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

7 Responses

  1. It’s nice that you are celebrating writing again, and I hope that it doesn’t mean a headache every time. I think your ‘ponderings’ depend on what happens within your circles, who is hurting that one is closest to, etc. Experience does make one look at life differently.

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  2. I’ve been waiting for you to return to writing. 🙂 I think you are right, experience makes the difference, it is not a hardening of the heart. Hope your headache leaves so you can enjoy the day.

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  3. Good to see your ponderings. You make me think. I suppose experience means we’ve gone down this road, so the bumps are expected. “Maybe empathy doesn’t have to be gut-wrenching.” Perhaps this helps, as you say, by making us more available for others during their time of need.
    Julieanne

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  4. I think you’re right… being even a bit older than you are (70) … I think when you’re older you’ve experienced a lot of life and unfortunately death…. and not that one is immune to sorrow or sadness, there is as you have said, a little less ‘gut-wrenching’ feelings involved. ‘There is a time for joy and a time for sorrow’… Diane

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