Aging Has Its Pluses

Our spirit inside us is made new every day.
                        —2 Corinthians 4:16

Barring an early exit, you’re going to grow old. The demands for repairs on the house you live in increase: no sooner do you get one body part fixed than another malfunctions. A lopsided percentage of senior hours are spent in physicians’ waiting rooms.

Nevertheless, aging has its pluses. And youth is not all it’s cracked up to be. As Morrie Schwartz said: “As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth.”

The body wears out, but the spirit grows stronger: “Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day” (1 Cor 4:16).

Somewhere around 80, you’ve earned
an honorary doctorate in wisdom.

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