- Karen Ingalls
- My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
AGING OR SAGE-ING: WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
From the time we take our first breath we are in the process of aging. How long we age and what we do during those years determines how content or peaceful we are with our lives. Sage-ing International defines sage-ing as "...a way of living the second half of our lives that is joyful, fulfilling and meaningful...involves personal and spiritual growth, making deeper connections with our friends and family, developing new passions and giving back through service to others.
We recently watched the short documentary "King's Point." It is about senior citizens who moved to Florida from New York City to get away from the harsh winters, higher cost of living, and stressful life style. The film highlighted 5 or 6 people who shared their accepting or not accepting their present situation and future. Keeping busy with activities from card playing to dancing was very important to each of them. Some searched for companionship by re-marrying, while others were content to remain single.
What struck me was that not one person talked about the deeper meanings of their lives. They did not speak about their faith; did not seek out more knowledge; nor did they share their wealth of knowledge and experience with their children, grandchildren, or younger citizens of Tampa. Perhaps the producers purposely left out any element of what I see as sage-ing. My grandmother lived her 92 years as a sage...she never stopped learning and sharing her knowledge about many aspects of life. She sought out spirituality, history, social and political issues, and wrote and talked about her views and experiences.
I believe it was Mark Twain who said that we are only as old as think we are if we did not know how old we are. A Chinese doctor I went to for many years asked, "How young are you?" not how old. Life is God's gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift to God, is a paraphrase from Emmet Fox, a 20th century theologian and philosopher.
I think of people like Harriet Hodgson, a renowned author of more than 30 books, who spends her elder years helping people through the grieving process;
Shirley Corder who works to enrich the lives of those facing breast cancer with her book, Strength Renewed, presentations, and blogs;
I invite you to the websites of these sages: