The Fear of Aging
It may not be possible. — Rather, the fear of aging has much to teach us.
The task of every separate stage of life is to confront its fears so that it can become more than it was.
- For the young, it is overcoming the fear of functioning alone.
- For the middle-aged, it is dealing with the fear of failure.
- For those of us who have moved beyond the middle years, it is learning to cope with the fear of weakness.
A burden of these years is the possibility of giving in to the fear of invisibility, of uselessness, of losing our sense of self and human obligation. Fear tempts us to believe that life is over—rather than simply changing.
A blessing of fear in these years is that it invites us to become the fullness of ourselves. It comes to us in the nighttime of the soul to tell us to rise to new selves in fresh and exciting ways— for our sake, of course, but for the sake of the rest of the world, as well.
Excerpt from- The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
Link to Mindfulness Training (free)
Respectfully, G Ross Clark