Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wisdom and Aging

I was recently prepping to deliver a guest lecture for a college class about aging when I came across some great research.  We know that as people age, they typically move from being interested in novel experiences and meeting new people, to wanting to spend time with close friends and loved ones.  Younger people tend to seek new people and new adventures while older people appreciate their routine and loved ones.  However, on researcher found that  this tendency to prefer spending time with loved ones (rather than seeking out new relationships) is also found with individuals who have a terminal illness, irrespective of age.

You see, it appears that what we had assumed was some psychological thing that happened due to aging, is really more a condition associated with the knowledge that our days are numbered.  We want to make the most of the time we have left here on earth, and spend that time wisely.

“So teach us to number our days 
that we may get a heart of wisdom”
Psalm 90:12. 

Do you have a heart of wisdom? Where do you prioritize loved ones? Are you seeking new adventures when your real love is right before you? 

Thanks for stopping by to think with me!

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