The eighth lesson on the worksheet of Practices is all about how we find encouragement in this, our new age. Let me start with a quote from Dr. Bill Thomas: “We live in an age when older people are deemed worthy only to the degree that, in their thoughts and actions they resemble young people.”
We have learned that humans in ever stage of life can use encouragement. If you were an educator in your earlier years, you know how difficult life it is for middle school and high school age children. If you have been in criminal justice you know how fraught with danger the years 19-25 are especially for young men.
Our encouragement needs, include the courage to outgrow our adulthood and loosen up on the expectations we have of our minds and bodies. Being as an aging person vs the doing of the adult. The vigor and power of adults are not the only way to change the world or live you life. You have made it through that phase. The people who stay in denial too long about old age, end up not being emotionally prepared for the day it smacks them in the face (or the knee or the hip or the spot of cancer in an organ, or the number of funerals you start attending)
So, your assignment:
List the people you go to for encouragement. Hopefully there are at least three or four. Are you in regular contact with them? They need to be optimistic people who believe in the goodness of life–no toxics allowed. You want and need these people to reflect back to you the belief that you are competent and have potential to solve the issues that arise in the aging process.
You can also ask yourself about who comes to your for encouragement and how you are helping them.
As difficult as life can be, give yourself a pat on the back for just getting out of bed and moving forward. Pull deep from inside and know that you can do this!