The Joys of Aging

Did you know that aging can be an especially joyful experience ? One of the things that pleases me immensely is that I am now largely able to shield myself from negativity.

Earlier on, in my career, I encountered, and dealt with negative people on a daily basis. I remember how exhausting that was, and how hard it was to protect my personal boundaries so that I was not influenced and dragged down by negativity.

Reasons for people being chronically negative are complex, but often, displaying a negative attitude is a learned behaviour. Learned behaviours can also be unlearned, if a person is willing.

I am well trained now to recognize people with negative attitudes within 10 minutes of meeting them.

And, I now have the liberating option that aging can bring; I choose to stay away from such individuals, although I do have compassion for these folks, knowing that they are generally unhappy.

It is preferable to surround ourselves with cheerful people. How do I stay positive? The joy of the Lord is my strength ( Nehemiah 8:10).

I also never watch “The News”. People find this strange sometimes and ask if I don’t want to know what’s going on in the world. I reply that I already know enough about the bad stuff that : The News” reports.

We are wise to follow the counsel of Philippians 4: 8-9, and think about things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, and excellent.

In doing this, we receive the peace that Christ promises.

Pictured is the landing site of John Cabot in our town in 1497.

13 thoughts on “The Joys of Aging

  1. I liked the beach photo, I wonder how they know that’s the spot.
    I felt at the end of your post that I interpreted your post as saying that us seasoned travellers are of a negative mindset. Au contraire, I would propose that age has nothing to do with a negative attitude. In my experience many people choose to be negative, and complaining all the time. Others choose light, and in many of them that light comes from their faith, their gratitude attitude, and separating themselves from people who just enjoy whining.

    I like to change the topic when I am with whiners, I try to show them things in their lives to be thankful for, and usually there is much more than one. Just giving thanks is a turn around. Enjoy your day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi again ! Right beside this beach spot there is the replica of Cabot’s ship, and a plaque commemorating the arrival. I’m unsure why they claim this is the spot, but looking at the landscape, it is likely he landed here.

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  2. I love this post and really relate to it. I breathed a sigh of relief when I hit 50. So much pressure just fell away. And, I’m with you on focusing your mind on what is positive and wholesome. It makes such a difference to your day!

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  3. I agree with you one hundred percent. I watched the news only when it is necessary. With all the technology around you can hear about the bad stuff without even watching the news. Growing old is wonderful!๐Ÿ™‚Blessings.

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