It won’t be long now!

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I feel embarrassed that I haven’t written a new post for quite a while. Two things have been going on. First of all, I did finally finish my new book, which makes me very happy indeed.

But along with that, something else transpired. I’ve been feeling very tired the last two or three weeks. I think I wore myself out working at the book diligently and conscientiously for a year and didn’t realize how stressed I was getting.

I feel a bit chagrined about this. But “better late than never,” as they say. I am definitely listening to my body now, and I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this experience – not to take my body for granted. I haven’t written a post until now because, to put it simply, neither my mind nor my body wanted to even think about doing such a thing.

I don’t have an awful lot to say beyond this. If you are reading these words, and you are a subscriber, thank you for hanging in there with me. I appreciate it very much. And if you are visiting this site for the first time, welcome.

As far as my book is concerned — “The Secret Promise of Aging” — it won’t be long now. I hope to publish the print version at Amazon in the next week or two, and the kindle version a little later. I’ll keep you in touch about this.

Lastly, may I remind you — as I remind myself — how important it is in this tumultuous time to pay attention to the invisible voice of wisdom in our own heart. I am so thankful for the unwavering, infinite source of peace and well-being that dwells within each of us regardless of our age and never gives up on any of us.

Who we truly are is not affected by the ups and downs of our human existence. Our spirit is truly boundless, changeless, and ageless. It’s good to share this remarkable adventure of life with you. Be well.

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Alex Blackwell October 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Christopher,

Congratulations on finishing your book! I’m looking forward to its release.

Thanks for being so vulnerable and honest. This post is a reminder that we don’t have to be superheroes, but just have to follow our hearts – you certainly have.

Blessings to you,

Alex

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Christopher Foster October 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Alex, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. You will know as much as me what a difference it makes to hear back from a reader and know our words have connected with another soul who shares this same adventure of living with us. Blessings to you too.

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Timaree October 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Congratulations on finishing your book. I am sure it was stressful even if it was something you wanted to do. Glad you can take time to rest now a bit. Fall is my favorite time of year. From you, I learn a bit about letting the fall of my life be a good thing too! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

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Christopher Foster October 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thank you Timaree. It’s a real treat to hear from you and to share this adventure of living with you. Yes, I have to say it feels very good to relax. Though mind you, I did a pretty good job vacuuming the house this morning if I do say so myself. JoAnn did the shopping, I did some vacuuming. Life’s a dance, isn’t it.

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Evan Griffith October 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I knew something was missing, Chris, but couldn’t pinpoint it . . . Turns out it was my doses of Fosterwisdom . . . no wonder I was slightly out of sorts!

Your quote:

“Lastly, may I remind you — as I remind myself — how important it is in this tumultuous time to pay attention to the invisible voice of wisdom in our own heart. I am so thankful for the unwavering, infinite source of peace and well-being that dwells within each of us regardless of our age and never gives up on any of us.”

Can I tell you this? That when I read the words that emanate from you, I feel as if you are articulating for that “invisible voice” within. It feels that deep and pure.

I’m thrilled to hear you are done done done with the book — and I’ll be even more thrilled to be among the very first to buy it when it comes out.

I’m raising a glass (of water) to toast you — may this book soar beyond your expectations —

Evan
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Christopher Foster October 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Your words always give me a lift, Evan. We’re members of the same tribe, I’m sure, a tribe that doesn’t really have a name.

Thank you and God bless. I especially want to thank you for your kind thoughts (and toast) re my book. Onward and upward we go.

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Arthur [Wilf] October 19, 2013 at 1:03 am

Oh, it is so good to see you posting again Christopher. My response though is to confirm, recommend, and doubly emphasise to your readers your remark that we MUST listen to what our body tells us. I fought it for two years when I started to wane faster and all I got was aggravation, tension and moodiness. Then it clicked and from then on life has been so pleasant – even though I have lost Joan – with help coming from many unexpected places. Regards and Best Wishes from this “chicken” the other side the pond and two years your junior!

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Christopher Foster October 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Such a great pleasure to hear from you Wilf. Your words are really beautiful and carry such an uplifting message. Thank you for sharing in this way from your own experience. Look, give my love to the “old country”, okay? I especially appreciate what you say about help coming from unexpected places, I think you underline the essential goodness of this experience we call life.

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Carol Wills October 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

These may be among the most important words you’ve ever written. I can empathize
totally with your feelings of fatigue and stress. I think our generation has been indoctrinated with the idea that if we’re not frantically chasing our tails we’re being lazy, and that makes us feel guilty. There is nothing wrong with resting, with clearing your calendar for a day or two, with taking time to do something you enjoy or talk with friends or just napping with the cat for a quarter of an hour.

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Christopher Foster October 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Carol, bless you and thank you. You touch on something that I think is very important. There’s always a “middle way” in life, don’t you think, and finding that middle way in our own personal experience thru the many changes and upsets and joys of life is what we’re here to do. I suppose we’re talking about balance. Some people, as they age, seem to more or less give up and retire to the nearest sofa so to speak (I’m exaggerating a bit!). Others, as you say, go overboard trying to prove how young or virile or beautiful they still are.

There’s a sweet spot in the middle, I believe, where we are quite happy to be busy and push the envelope a bit. But we also enjoy — as you say — taking time to rest, or meander to a favorite spot, or chat with a friend or commune with Nature. We enjoy simply being ourselves and after all the hectic activity of our earlier years it feels pretty good!

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Marisa October 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Christopher,
Thursday evening I walked outside and saw the most beautiful full moon. My first thought was “I wonder how Christopher is coming along”. I often find my thoughts traveling to your words when I am at peace, and surrounded by nature.

Friday your email was in my box………thank you!

It is amazing, and a blessing, to realize your energy is in the Universe ….for all of those that are touched by your work, your truth, and your struggles. Some of the greatest givings of self seem to also be holding the hand of fatigue, wearing, and regrets. Then the true meaning comes back in focus, and the realization that without the hardships perhaps the beauty and truth of the message would never have come to fruition. I am just as happy knowing you will now spend some time rejuvenating you body and spirit.

The wait has been worth it for me personally. I am just as confident that others that have been waiting for your book will find the time well spent.
Peace and light be with you,
Marisa

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Christopher Foster October 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thank you for your kind and uplifting words Marisa. JoAnn and I witnessed and admired the same moon. What a remarkable sight it was. I’m very thankful for the privilege of sharing this journey with you and with many others of like mind and heart. Truly, there is a hand of grace upon our lives, isn’t there; and the grace is not “without,” it is “within,” simply waiting to be given expression by us and through us… often in circumstances we may think are bad, something to be avoided, or judged, when the truth is they may have an important lesson to teach us.

Peace and light to you too.

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Allan October 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Deadlines,timelines, fill your plate, don’t be late. On the run , must be fun, hurry worry,
keep up the pace, you’ll loose the race AS WELL AS YOUR FACE. Join the crowd, keep it loud and busy. Remember now its not when but how we keep our place, sacred space,
full of grace. Not a sin to abide within, to take a rest and be surely blessed by the gentle
tone of this moment known.

These thoughts came in my walk by a creek close by this morning.
Love and Cheers Allan

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Christopher Foster October 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful thoughts Allan. I am most thankful for my connection with you. It does seem that life brings these moments when we know at a deep, gut level, as you say, that it’s not a sin to listen to our inner voice saying “It’s time to take a rest.” Peace is a blessing of the creator given to each one of us, isn’t it. Love and blessings to you too.

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kim masters November 22, 2013 at 5:53 am

Hi Chris,

I hope that you are now feeling a bit more recharged and revitalised. I have to say a HUGE well done for everything you have done with the book. It has taken time, patience and lots of courage.

You serve as an example of what can be done, by anyone.

It’s a joy to know you.

Kim
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