I love these old dudes from the Muppets Show. They would sit in their private balcony and review whatever was being presented at the time. Of course, their reviews were always negative and left me thinking “Is this as good as it gets when you grow old?” It’s true, that when we age, we tend to find the dark side of things rather than focusing on the good. If we season the darkness with a measure of humor, we will have a much better outlook on life.

So, when you get older, what is that better outlook? I think it’s the same as it was when we were children, but in slow motion. We can look at the world and find ugliness or beauty. As a child, all of our experiences are brand new to us. We can’t wait to try things we’ve never done. The thought of taking a rapid river run may not occur to us at the age of 80, but sitting in a kayak, floating down a winding river, doing absolutely nothing, can achieve the same result. Parachuting out of a plane might be compelling to some, but you can get the same effect by laying in a hammock and staring at the clouds. We can decide that the world is going to hell in a hand basket, or we can choose to buy a set of paints and create a painting of the beauty that dwells within that world. Our bodies are slowing down along with our minds, but that doesn’t mean we must throw in the towel.

You might find joy in traveling – in golfing – in art or writing – in making people laugh. Whatever you enjoyed doing at the age of twelve, you will probably get satisfaction from now. Our tasks as senior citizens are modified to fit our abilities and talents. Just because life is slowing us down physically and sometimes mentally, we’re still alive and we have purpose. Even when spring cleaning consists of dusting your furniture rather than a complete deep purge and sanitizing, we can do the task with gusto. We can still do the same things we did. We simply adapt to our new, old bodies and push on for the prize.

“You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. hatrack4 says:

    My wife took a class on dealing with old folks. She worked for about six weeks in a nursing home in Washington state. She said that she was told that the sweet ones were sweet when they were younger and the crabby ones were either crabby or they wanted to be crabby when they were young. It was very rare when a leopard changes its spots. Her next job was as the surgical tech in the birthing center, from old to brand new.

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  2. Kathy, your message is filled with treasures of encouragement. Every day brings us a menu of choices, and it’s a blessing to see where another will take us. At the sweet age of 87, my Dad’s positive outlook is a gift that he willingly shares.

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    • says:

      Well, I’m not far behind your dad. I’ll be 81 in June. Thanks for your positive encouragement.


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