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Thursday, August 4, 2022

I like being old.

I’ll be nearly eighty when this book is published, so it shouldn’t surprise me that I can sometimes see the brink from here. But it does. I’m even more surprised by the fact that I like being old.

Palmer, Parker J.. On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, & Getting Old (p. 16). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

Parker Palmer writes that he likes being old. There is a joy and peace in acquiring wisdom from a lifetime of experience. 

Osho teaches that there is a difference between growing old and growing up. As a biological organism we grow old, but growing old does not guarantee that we grow up, that we mature, that we blossom, that we bear good fruit, that we leave the world a better place than we found it.

Growing up involves a development of our spiritual intelligence. Religion and churches are social institutions whose purpose is to nurture and enhance this spiritual intelligence. Are there wise elders in your church? To what extent are you one yourself? How do the wise elders facilitate the development of spiritual intelligence?

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