reVision and Aging Well

Many times an old man has no other evidence besides his age to prove he has lived a long time.

— Seneca —

Since the start of the pandemic, I have slowly added topics to my podcast and audible books libraries. Currently, I have five church podcasts and eight leadership podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis.

I’ve also listened to a couple of dozen books on my audible app since the onset of this pause that was placed on all our lives.

I made up my mind during the early stages of this strange season that I was going to utilize it as a season for growth.

What’s funny is the other day Lori was talking about a blog we both read on Sundays and I said, “Wait, let me remember and tell you what it was about–it was a good one.”

She could see the frustration in my face as I was unable to recall the blogger’s topic of discussion and emphatically said, “I understand how you can forget who said what because of all the podcasts and audible books you are listening to.”

Some things I’ve learned over the past ten months:

Fact #1

We are all going to die.

Fact #2

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way most of us live.

Fact #3

Change presents opportunities.

Fact #4

New opportunities will not be seen if we don’t change the way we look at things.

Fact #5

We won’t change the way we look at things if we aren’t willing to do what it takes to change the way we look at things.

Fact #5

Back to the opening quote…If we don’t strive to change or at least try to understand the way we look at things we become old men and women who have nothing but our age to prove we’ve lived a long time.

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do is die as a grumpy old man who never sought to challenge his opinions and views of life.

If I die with family I want to hear them talk about all how their “old man” died learning up until his last breath.

If I die alone, I want to die listening to an audible book or a podcast that was getting me to look at life from a different angle.

Psalm 146:8, “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.”


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