Readers, I will confess, I haven't been giving you my best. I do have a valid reason. I am under contract with a publisher for a book that will be coming out in the spring, and it has taken up the bulk of my writing time. I will be telling you more about it, of course... but not quite yet.
Tonight in my quest for an appropriate quote for one of the chapters I stumbled upon this blog post about aging and mortality on a website called InnerSelf. It is beautiful and I had to share.
It is written by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D., whom I know absolutely nothing about. It begins,
"Ah yes, in our youth-obsessed culture, the advancing specter of growing old becomes something to be tirelessly avoided. Perhaps because we're that much closer to the final passage, the fear and denial of death causes us to try to maintain the facade of youth in the face of the inevitable and gradual diminishment of our capacities. What's usually overlooked is the tremendous storehouse of knowledge and wisdom that we've accumulated, the gifts we can give to subsequent generations."
It goes on to address what he calls the major tasks of late adulthood such as managing loss, recapturing innocence, fostering generativity (read the article for the full definition) and facing your mortality. It is a wonderful article. I highly suggest you read it at Facing Aging and Mortality.