The Second Half of Life


Some people dread getting older. Others insist that with age comes wisdom, a deep appreciation of life, and a new kind of freedom. When we embrace the second half of life, we can scoff at stereotypes depicting older people as forgetful, feeble, and bad-tempered. We can cling to the adage that aging is simply mind over matter: if we don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!


Loving God, help me to embrace aging and to grow older gracefully. Give me a deep appreciation for every moment of every day. Give me the courage to live my life to the fullest. Instill in me the gift of wisdom. Amen.


Decide to do something that you have always wanted to do. It might be something easy to accomplish. Or it might be something challenging. Explore with family members or friends the ways you might proceed.