Old Age – – thoughts by Epicurus

From the ancient Greek, Epicurus, there is his delicious dictum:

“It is not the young man who should be considered fortunate but the old man who has lived well, because the young man in his prime wanders much by chance, vacillating in his beliefs, while the old man has docked in the harbor, having safeguarded his true happiness.”

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REFLECTION

What thoughts does the quotation from Epicurus bring to our mind?

About you?    About how you live?    About how you spend your time?

About your past hopes & dreams?    About your plans for the future?

About the beauty you have experienced,

                         and the beauty you want to experience – in your life?

About your search for true happiness?

What are you doing to make all of that happen?

Be Still – – – and Know

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The Third Age – a poem by OTL

The Third Age

Birth through formal education

Professional life to retirement

Then What?

            The Third Age

Now What?

All this time ahead –

          for who knows how long – maybe many years.

Sit around and rot in front of TV,

Rock in a chair, counting cars going by on the street,

Surf the web – mindlessly,

On and on – achieving nothing.

Just existing,  existing,  existing.

Using up what hours are left – before the final breath.

What a waste of life!

Dull,

Boring,

Not enriching

Not life-giving

Dull

     And more – – Dull.

So ends the life of so many.

     “Over and Out”

Dead and nothing more.

Not much of a legacy for your Third Age.

Birth to death

     Your chance to be you.

     There is no other.

How will it end with you?

     Blossoming till the last day,

     Or shriveled in brain and spirit?

Wasted or celebrated.

     That is – celebrated by you.

You are the one that counts.

You make the choices.

You make it a life.

You have the Power.

You make the final years fully alive;

     Or – meaningless,

     Or – standing still treading water,

     Or – dead.

Wasted.

How depressing to end on such a note!

 Be Still – – – and Know

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Toilet Paper – a thought

Life is like a roll of toilet paper – –

The closer you get to the end

                                    – – – – – – – – the faster it goes.

Be Still – – – and Know

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