Motivational Monday - On Aging & Wisdom
One of my favorite Einstein quotes comes to mind when pondering the age-old question of aging and wisdom:
“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of a lifelong attempt to acquire it" - Albert Einstein
The concept of wisdom is deeply rooted in religion and philosophy - but, certainly not thought of as often in discussions of neuroscience and psychology.
So, let’s talk the psychology of wisdom - geriatric psychology. When I was in nursing school, the very definition of geriatric was someone who was 65 or older. I took a gander on a psychology site to find that age still is included in the geriatric definition in 2020. For me, that’s a little scary as, like Barbara Todaro mentioned in her post last week, 74 doesn’t even feel old at all - and 65 seems like a spring chicken!
But, I digress…what sparked this post was Barbara’s post sharing her recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis. My husband and I both have Alzheimer’s in our families so, we are very ‘aware’ of the disease and what going through it entails - for both patient and family. I remember one of my PawPaw’s doctors explaining that my grandfather wouldn’t have a sense of time, nor an understanding of the importance of time but, he was chock full of wisdom to share - so, let him. That didn’t make much sense to me then but, I later understood.
Deep into his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he became oblivious to the disease yet, sure enough, he didn’t hesitate to share his wisdom with anyone who would listen. He was the most gentle man I’ve ever known but, he was such an enthusiastic teacher of wisdom - even during his Alzheimer’s years. Some of his most memorable lessons that stick with me to this day include:
- Rejoice in what you have. In my heart and mind, that means staying focused on the positive - and celebrating it!
- Strengthen your spirituality, whether it be through self-mediation or prayer. As he would say, you have to strengthen your core - all the way to your soul! Everything else will fall into place.
- Don’t be afraid of the unknown - wrap your arms around it - embrace it. I’ve seen this ‘in action’ so many times, especially when I worked with oncology patients. In a nutshell, what you embrace, can’t get the best of you.
- Reflect on the meaning and purpose in your life. What needs change? What are you celebrating TODAY?
- Let go and let God. Much like the ‘pick your battle’ mantra, let go of negatives like resistance, pity, worry - and cultivate acceptance. That takes time and patience but, you’ll feel the negative vibes leave you - really, you will.
Another thing to cultivate is humor - levity is so important in life but, when you’re going through those scary things that age deals us, it is REALLY important.
Barbara, please know that you have an entire second family here for you, whenever you need us. We all love you and are here to support you in any way you need us. And, for any of you going through aging-related issues, I hope my PawPaw’s wisdom helps you in some way - small or game-changing.
Here's another cute quote that I hope gives everyone a Monday smile!
© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Motivational Monday - On Aging & Wisdom
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