The Gifts of Aging

You’re More Resilient Than You Think

One of the gifts of getting older is the awareness that time is your friend. You learn that few things last forever, and that you’re a lot more resilient than you give yourself credit for.

During your teens, a breakup can be a devastating event, throwing you into what seems like the depths of despair. The pandemic, with the school closures and social distancing, has been at least partially indicated in the teen suicides that have recently occurred. 

At this tender age, setbacks can seem like a life sentence. The agony is acute. Just knowing that time heals could be a balm, but let’s face it, that’s little condolence when you’re in the fray.

You’re Older Now

As an adult, health issues come and go, friendships endure and dissolve, and work issues can seemingly never end. 

Time, actually, is a double- edged sword. Our bodies decline while the depth of our wisdom expands. Maybe God planned this so we could start the process of detaching from our bodies, all the while recognizing that time is the great healer.

I remember my mother used to say “This too shall pass.” In spite of the patience required to wait, while we wait, patience is both our strength and our reward. 

Even so, the gifts of the spirit can be hard earned.

The Silver Lining

However, if I look back on the traumas of my past, there was always a “coming out on the other side” moment, even if I didn’t realize it at the time.

I’ve read we have a life review when we cross over. 

The good news is, you don’t have to die first. You don’t have to wait. 

Look over your life, both the agonies and the ecstasies, and maybe you’ll begin to view time as your friend too.