Thursday, July 29, 2004

On Getting Older

There is less striving for what one doesn't have and more gratitude for what one does. Limitations are accepted and one becomes reconciled to one's lot. Having gotten this far, one realizes that as for worldly blandishments, one will go no farther; but it doesn't bother one as it would in younger days. There is less to prove and more to enjoy. There is more accepting with gratitude and less rejecting with resentment. There is less kicking against the pricks in a world full of them. A certain salutary disillusionment sets in which, in auspicious cases, brings wisdom in its train.