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Finding peace and joy in our latter years

I'm experiencing two things at the same time that might seem contradictory but I don't think are contradictory.

I'm slowing down in some ways, at 85, without a doubt. For instance, I don't walk quite as fast as I once did. I still love walking, mind you. I walk faster than some folks (but not too many). And I still enjoy walking up hills. But on the whole I'm more inclined to "amble" now than once was the case.

Then there's the gym. I still go to the gym three days a week to do resistance training, but I can't lift as much weight as I did six or seven years ago. And to change tack for a moment, I don't seem to have the energy (or the time, believe it or not:-) to blog as often as I once did. I'm still resilient, for which I'm thankful, but I'm not as resilient as I once was.

What's the old saying? "My get up and go got up and went." Something like that.

But here's where things get interesting. I find that though my body is aging, my ability to love people, and enjoy people--and talk with people--is increasing. My ability to find joy in simple things--watching a ladybug make its way cautiously along a leaf--listening to a stream surging and gurgling past some rocks--is increasing.

Most of all, I continue to become more conscious of what for me is life's greatest gift--perhaps I should say God's greatest gift--to us all.  The gift of our own ageless, joyful, eternal spirit, that nothing of the outer world can hurt or destroy, and which will bring us safely through all our travails as we listen to its quiet wisdom speaking to us in our heart.

I send love and blessings to you. I hope these thoughts and updates will be helpful or of interest, and would love to hear any comments you may like to share.

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Anjani September 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

You have such a lovely way of writing and expressing yourself. Thank you for your joyful thoughts!

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Christopher Foster September 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Hi Anjani. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Take care.

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Maureen Moeller September 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Dearest Christopher, your gift to the world are your upbeat words and reflections on aging in an increasingly complex and global world. How coincidental that I was reading Eckhart Tolle’s “Oneness With All Life” when I noticed, joy of joys, a new blog post from you! He states “On the new earth, old age will be universally recognized and highly valued as a time for the flowering of consciousness. For those who are still lost in the outer circumstances of their lives, it will be a time of a late homecoming, when they awaken to their inner purpose. For many others (and I believe this is you Christopher) it will represent an intensification and a culmination of the awakening process.” We are not quite the “New Earth” yet, but are surely heading in that direction. Meanwhile we who already deeply value our elders’ sage advice continue to listen, revere and act on the
the guiding light of our own eternal inner Spirit. I am so looking forward to our meeting soon. Hugs and blessings to both you and JoAnn,

Warmly,
Maureen

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Åsa September 15, 2017 at 3:29 am

Soo beautifully written – both Christopher and Maureen! I lack words to fully express what I feel right now, but let me tell you that your words have touched my heart and my soul.

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

Thank you Asa. God bless.

Christopher Foster September 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm

It’s great to hear from you again Maureen. Thank you for your kind and uplifting words, and thank you for sharing the quote from Eckhart. The power of love in the deepest and purest sense is surely at work in all our lives and in the planet as a whole, and it is not going to be defeated. How good it is to ally ourselves with that love, that victorious spirit within each one of us that calls to each of us in these days with its message of courage and hope. Look forward to seeing you soon. God bless.

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Lucille September 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Dear Christopher,
It’s so wonderful to hear from you and read about your experience. I enjoyed tremendously your story about the aging body at your current physical age. I’ve also arrived at that wonderful age! We know and understand that Life within doesn’t age—what a Marvel and Beautiful Truth this is!
I love your expression of: “…God’s greatest Gift to us all: The Gift of our own ageless, joyful, eternal spirit that nothing in the world can hurt or destroy.” Amen to to that, Chris.
I thank you for sharing such a sweet and powerful expression with us. You are truly a beautiful Angel in form on Earth, and it’s great to move with you in Spirit.
Much Love and Blessings to you and JoAnn,

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

Thank you for your kind words Lucille and for your strong, steadfast spirit. It’s good to be on this journey with you. Love and blessings back to you.

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David K Banner September 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Chris…I am finding exactly the same things and I just turned 76!!!!!My spirit is ageless as you point out and I am finding joy in the very simple, so-called mundane things of life……..

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

Thank you for your comment David. It’s good to commune together isn’t it. And to realize that none of us are alone in this journey, there are many others sharing the same challenges but also the same ever-flowing joy that abides within us all. My love to you.

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Bonnie F Palombo September 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

What a wonderful treat to hear from you, Chris! I so appreciate your shariing your experience of continual discovery of the joys of the unfolding adventures life holds for us, especially in the simple things. Thank you for continuing to share your light.

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Marcia K-H September 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Always a pleasure to read your inspirational words, Chris. I’m coming up on my 69th birthday soon and am struggling to accept that I’m this “old”! My mind and body aren’t always in synch! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It gives me hope for the years to come.

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

Thank you for sharing, Marcia. All the very best.

Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 9:41 am

What a pleasure to hear from you Bonnie. Thanks for your comment. I do hope you and Tony are doing okay after the tumult of Harvey. JoAnn and I send our love.

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Christine Jonas September 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Chris. I was just lying awake last night thinking the same thoughts. Though I am a little younger you (just turned 60), my husband is 70 and a great many of our friends are older than me. One of them is very sick right now and it is the first time I have encountered this with our group of friends. I found myself thinking about how this is affecting me and then when I could not sleep I thought this is the wrong thinking.

As I get older I feel the need to reach out further and love more and think about others more. Many people say that as you get older you need to look after yourself more and that is true. It is also true that the gift of age is for giving as never before, I feel. How else do you carry on, certainly not being totally absorbed as we are in our youth I don’t think. I am thankful to allow myself to get out of my head and into the world of radiation, thinking of you, thinking of my friends and those that need my healing heart. A bit of a ramble, but hope you get the gist! Love and blessings!

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

Dear Christine,
Thank you for sharing these very touching words and thoughts. I’m sure your words touch a chord in many as they do in me. I especially appreciate what you say about aging being an opportunity not to shrink within ourselves but to expand the borders of our consciousness and give as fully and freely as possible what is ours to give. One thing I find helpful is not being afraid to change my mind when appropriate. Much love to you and Alan and blessings to your sick friend.

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Julia Ditterich September 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

You sound at peace with your situation Christopher – that in itself is a gift! I think your appreciation of the moment is the best thing we can have, at any age.

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

Thank you for your comment Julia. You’re right, it is remarkable how quickly things can change when we express a bit of appreciation into our daily life. And it doesn’t really matter how old we are or how young we are, does it. Appreciation and aging. I think the words go nicely together. Blessings to you.

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Gloria Rubin September 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Dear Chris,
Always a joy to sit with your words and know they are my words as well!
Ageing and sageing seems to be a simple way of expressing as we sit in that quiet of the moment seeing what is before us as well as what is behind us.
No pressure just the essences of deliciousness of that moment.
Your shining spirit a joy to share…. thank YOU!

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Bless you Gloria, and thank you so much for taking the time to send a comment. It’s a miracle isn’t it. We are each individuals with a unique gift to share with this world, and yet we are also part of a larger whole that I think defies description or understanding. Take care now.

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CARLOS ALFREDO SAL ZURITA September 15, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Dear friend:
Thank you very much for your inspiring words.
A man’s strength may be diminishing, but the intensity of love and light born within us remain as strong as ever.
Thank you for being a beacon in our life!
Much love from Buenos Aires.
Carlos

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Thank you for your inspiring words Carlos, and for the beacon that you are. We’ve been friends a long time, it seems to me. Your words are beautiful. Love and blessings from Denver Colorado.

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Michel September 16, 2017 at 7:18 am

Dear Christopher ,
Great words and great spirit you are sharing with us. Life is a constant challenge and also a constant blessing to our world. You, my friend, beautifully portrait this in our life. Sharing with us your joys and challenges. Much love to you my friend.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster September 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

Bless you and thank you Michel. It’s a pleasure, always, to receive your comments. Thank you especially for your generous, steadfast spirit.

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Peter September 21, 2017 at 4:20 am

Hey Christopher, I’m going to be 59 this year. I’m still pumping weights but like you not as much as I used to. I also love to walk but don’t get to go out as much as I used to but that’s more to do with time than anything else. Hopefully that will change soon.

I expect as I grow older there are a lot of things that will change but I’m hoping that, God willing, I will have the same outlook on life that you do. Thanks for the post mate.
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Christopher Foster September 21, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for your comments Peter, it’s a real pleasure to hear from you. You’re going to handle this aging lark just fine. I roamed around Australia a bit when I was a young fellow, still enjoy listening to Aussie bush songs. All the best.

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Peter September 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

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Shah Nomaan September 27, 2017 at 3:39 am

Nice content well said Christopher Foster.
Thank You for sharing info.

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Thank you Shah. All the very best.

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Sandra Oliverio October 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Christopher-
I was just thinking yesterday that I hadn’t seen a recent post from you to comfort my soul. I found that I had missed it on the 14th!
Saturday, I will turn 69 and hold on to the thought that ‘age is just a number’! While my health has not been the best these past two years, I know like you, I am still blessed. I loved your confirmation that God’s gift as “nothing of the outer world can hurt or destroy our eternal spirit, “. Thank you for that reminder.

Like the others above have said in so many different ways, you truly are a beacon of light and love. I am so thankful that we are on this journey together. God bless you and JoAnn.
SandiO

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Sandi, what a pleasure and delight to hear from you. Thank you for your comment. Aging does bring challenges, no question about that. But here’s what I do find genuinely encouraging. It is possible, in a quiet moment, to not only sense but actually feel the presence of the “eternal” with us and in us, a quiet indescribable peaceful energy that is always “here,” that is what “I am.” We just have to have “ears” to hear. It’s like a faint music that is so easy to miss. I do find early morning and evening are good times to see if we can catch just a glimpse of this feeling of our true Self. There’s no bottom to it. Much love. With you in this journey.

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sunil verma October 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

its all about finding peace inside you

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Christopher Foster October 21, 2017 at 5:35 pm

That’s it Sunil. Thanks for sharing.

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Anita Johnson October 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Hey,
Your article is very informative and helpful. I liked the way you described everything. I will surely get back to read more of your stuff.
Thank you 🙂

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Christopher Foster October 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Thanks for your comment Anita, so sorry about the delay in responding. Take care.

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Christopher Foster October 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Peter, what was I thinking, I do apologize for not responding. Thanks for the tip, I’ll see if I can find this plugin. Be well.

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