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Aging as a Path to Happiness

I'm anxious to make some changes to my blog, and, as far as possible, add some more vigor, and some new ideas, while yet preserving the basic structure and integrity of the blog.

I'm 85, and, I have to admit, my vigor has been diminishing a bit in some ways in recent years. But the vigor of spirit does not diminish; it is ageless. Integrity too, in my book, is something that never goes out of style, and that we are free to express to the full as long as we live.

One of the things I would like to do, relative to my blog, is to blog a bit more frequently. I'll see how this works out, but that's my intention at this point in time. The posts won't always be long, but I'll try to post a bit more often.

I believe passionately in the ability we all have--regardless of age--to change. And keep on changing.  To not be afraid to think new thoughts. To not be afraid to change our attitudes about this or that if it seems appropriate.

I recall a scripture from long ago that goes something like this: 'Behold, I make all things new.'

These are powerful words, and as far as is possible to me, I would like to emulate them.

In closing this brief update, may I draw your attention to my new tagline, 'Aging as a Path to Happiness: Reflections of an Optimistic Octogenarian.'

I'd love to hear from you if you have a moment.  My blessings to you amid these fraught times.

 

 

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Kat December 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

You are a ray of sunshine which i need in these fraught times. The challenge for me is to keep positive and productive instead of giving up and being mindless. Maybe we encourage each other ? Best wishes to you Christopher.

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

It’s good to hear from you, Kat. Thank you for your comment. We all have challenges of one kind or another in today’s world, so yes, what a great idea, let’s encourage each other. My love and support to you. Stay strong.

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Bob December 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Good to hear you are doing well and hope to blog more often.

I think more and short is great. A “thought for the day” is not a bad idea. Positive or not is ok too. Share the wisdom, with some longer, when there is more to say, and some shorter.

Bob

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions, Bob, much appreciated.

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Bob Lykke December 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope to those of us who are aging.
Much appreciated.

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Thank you Bob. Good to be sharing this journey with you.

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Anjani December 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

You are a wonderful inspiration to us all. My mom is 90, still driving, still attending social events and being fully responsible for herself while caring for my dad.
I learn so much from our elders, that any glints of wisdom you have to share are truly appreciated.
Be well, be blessed,
Anjani

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Thank you for sharing, Anjani. So good to hear about your Mom. Gosh, she’s a valiant soul, isn’t she, an example to all of us. Love and blessings to you and your mother.

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Marian December 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I am grateful for your thoughtful and kind messages. I miss my older relatives. Reading your blog is a little like having a conversation with them.
Be well, and thank you,
Marian.

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Thank you for your touching words, Marian. I have the same experience. I enjoy very much looking at photos of my Mum and Dad and other departed relatives and having a conversation with them. I find that I appreciate all of them much more now than I ever did in earlier times. You be well too. My love to you.

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Daniel Cartwright December 5, 2017 at 1:41 pm

All the best Chris… As a lifelong learner I see change is essential to learning, and growing. If we choose the path of resistance or avoidance to the lessons life brings we stifle our growth process… who wants that? Change is never without incidents… I find that I need a bit of discomfort to grab my attention and help me maximize the moment. Hugs for the Holidays Chris… I love the blog. Thanks.

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Christopher Foster December 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Daniel, it’s great to hear from you, and thank you for your very timely thoughts. You remind me of a quote I heard a long time ago, to the effect that it’s not so much “live and learn” but “learn and live.” When I look back on my life–I don’t have to look back all that far–I see with hindsight how on many occasions something which I thought was bad, perhaps even disastrous, turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Because just as you say, it helped me grow.

Hugs to you too and Happy Christmas Daniel.

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Dona December 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

I always look forward to your words of wisdom and love that you are active and doing a blog at 85! As you reach out to lift our spirits, you inspire us to do the same. Spiritual goodness warms hearts and encourages us to be kinder to others. Keep up the good work!

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Thank you so much Dona. Your words are very precious to me. We all need a bit of encouragement once in a while. You keep up the good work too. I love what you say about spiritual goodness. I do believe there is more of it simmering just beneath the surface (waiting to emerge more fully) than we may perhaps realize. Bye and God bless.

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Evan Griffith December 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

Christopher!

I’m loving the new tagline — and most especially the idea to post more often. You could even think of it as Notes From A Happy Geezer 🙂 . . . . where you simply post notes often. Quick notes. Something observed. A thought. An idea you’d like to celebrate. A link to something you think we might enjoy.

I’m looking forward to more from my favorite octogenarian blogger —

Evan
Evan Griffith recently posted..Both kinds of artists

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

It’s great to hear from you again, Evan. Thank you for your kind comment and for your very helpful, pithy ideas and suggestions. We march on together. I’m going to assume you’re still in Florida, please Hi for me to a lovely state that I’m very sure is much warmer right now than cold (and I mean cold) but also lovely Denver.

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Michel Vaillancourt December 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Dear Christopher,
Your light is always as bright as it always was, you are aging in beauty and wisdom. It is a pleasure to read you and be inspire by you. Much love to you my friend.
One with You,
Michel

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Much love to you too Michel. It seems to me we have been sharing this journey for quite awhile now. I can feel your warm, steadfast spirit as I write these words. Take care.

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Lyndsey December 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm

I so enjoy your blog posts Christopher – in the midst of an uncertain and unhappy world, I always look forward to hearing your unique (and, thank you, always positive) perspective. I have cancelled most of my blog subscriptions over the years but yours is very special 🙂 and I look forward to hearing from you more frequently. Take good care of you – you are very appreciated!

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Thank you and bless you Lyndsey. Your words touch me to the core. Quite an adventure we are on, isn’t it. Back at you, if I may, you take good care of you too!

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Ruth French December 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm

What a delight to find this posting from an “Optimistic Octogenarian” in my inbox! Thank you Chris. It’s always a pleasure to receive your reflections on Life. I am glad to feel the fullness of connection to your spirit, and your assurance, despite any loss of physical vigour. I send my loving blessings and wishes that you continue to enjoy the experience of this rich time of your life

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm

It’s a real pleasure to hear from you again, Ruth. Australia is a country I’ve loved for a long time, ever since I spent a few weeks hitch-hiking around Aussie when I was young. Your warm words of encouragement and love are a blessing indeed. All the very best.

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Maureen Moeller December 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm

“Vigor of spirit does not diminish; it is ageless.” What a hope filled quote! You are inspiring many of us who are aging but never thought it would happen! Chris, I thought I was going to be young forever. Now my oldest child is 41. Life keeps marching, marching….and then enters a very optimistic octogenarian who shares incredible insight into the joys of aging.

Maybe youth is over rated? Just maybe our true nature is bliss at any age but with age comes its recognition? Your idea to blog shorter but more is lovely; I will take in your wisdom in any format. Just keep writing dear friend. We need you. Joyous holiday wishes to you and your precious wife JoAnn.

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Christopher Foster December 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

Maureen, what a blessing you are in my life. Thank you for your kind, heart-felt comment. I’ve got to admit, Maureen, that I too thought I was going to be young forever! Then you wake up one day and you think to yourself something like, ‘Goodness, I really am in my 80’s.’ (Or whatever age one might be.)

You packed a lot of truth into your remarks. I think I’d like to say two more things. 1. There is good news in this saga of aging, in the sense we have more time to acquaint ourselves with our true, divine, unconquerable, timeless nature. 2. I do look forward to keeping on writing, and thank you for the encouragement. God bless and take care.

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Carina Spring December 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Hi! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve been around, I have been focused on other aspects of my life, so I haven’t been blogging. But I really miss checking in on my blogging friends like you! I was happy to read this post, and it sounds like a wonderful and inspiring direction to take your blog! Can’t wait to read more. (PS: I hope to start blogging again, soon, and I’ve been thinking about new directions as well.) Take care!

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Christopher Foster December 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Hi Carina, many thanks for your kind comments and update, it’s really good to hear from you again. I wish you the best of luck with your own blogging, and your exploration into possible new directions. You have a big gift to give.

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