Hate the Idea of Being an Elder? Try this Poem.
Recently, I saw this poem by Arden Mahlberg in the newsletter for The Center for Conscious Eldering.
Be An Elder
Cherish knowing, Relish not knowing
Take joy in finding, Muse at losing
Celebrate remembering, Humor forgetting
Utilize courage, Explore fear
Be cautious with strength, Respectful of weakness
Savor oneness, Befriend separation
Appreciate fullness, Explore emptiness
Recognize satiation, Listen to hunger
Enjoy ascent, Value decline
Be happy for those with good fortune, Listen to the unfortunate
Smile at beauty, Muse upon ugliness
Relax into brightness, Inquire of darkness
Be humble in wisdom, Compassionate toward superficiality.