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The Chaplain's Corner: The Art of Growing Young

Thursday, July 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
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by Danny Mack, Hospice Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator, Christian Care Senior Living Communities; Author, Speaker 

There is a marvelous truth that exists and yet it is a truth that has hidden from most of world. This is a truth that is reserved only for those who have lived a long time. Here is the truth: older people feel younger on the inside than they look on the outside. It is a universal experience. While aging is inevitable, growing old is a choice. There is an art to growing young. It takes purposeful and dedicated practice to tap into your inner young self. It is absolutely possible to learn how to grow young. The secret to growing young is revealed in a song everyone knows: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

-Row, Row, Row
If you are going to grow young you have to keep rowing. You must stay active and create new experiences. Even if you have physical limitations you can try new things. You can read a book you totally disagree with and maybe gain a new perspective. Starting a new hobby can help you increased joy and the feeling of youth. Young people learn new things and try new things. So can you.

-Your boat
You can only row your boat. You can't row the boat of other people. As much as we want to try to change other people, the only person we can change is ourselves. Focus on rowing your boat.

-Gently
Be kind to yourself. Too often our self talk is negative and catastrophic. Release yourself from any guilt of the past. You did the best you could at the time and now it is time to let the past go and move forward.

-Down the stream
Your boat only goes down stream. If you are feeling irritated, frustrated and angry you are paddling up stream. You are resisting the direction life wants to take you. However, if you surrender to what is happening in the moment you will feel a renewal of peace. If you're paddling upstream all you have to do is quit paddling and life will take you down stream. It is a whole lot easier to grow young if you go with the flow.

-Merrily, merrily, merrily
Happiness is a choice. Challenging circumstances and difficult days may come but you can rise above it all by choosing to be happy.

-Life is but a dream
Life goes by fast. It can seem like yesterday you were a young adult.

Have you ever sung this song in a round with others? It's so much better than singing it alone, and at the end, everyone is smiling and giggling. Just like singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is better when others sing with you, life is so much better when lived with others you love. Surround yourself with others as you're growing young and life will be lots of fun!