I am 71 and it’s time to start afresh. Last year would have been more appropriate as I entered the seventh decade of my life, but the cyclothon from Chennai to Delhi consumed me. Now the corona virus brought this enduring pursuit into focus.
Every stage of life requires its own mindset and pivotal areas. The right attitude to life at each stage is crucial. The seventh decade of life is no exception. I found this guidance in Buddhist literature very meaningful.
“The final four or five years of one’s life are decisive. No matter how good the preceding years may have been, one’s life ends in defeat and sadness if the final years are miserable. On the other hand, someone whose last few years are happy and filled with joy can be described a winner in life. No matter what happens, even if one should fall sick, we must never grow discouraged or allow ourselves to be defeated. This is vital. As long as our spirits are undefeated, we are victors.”
I dont think I have entered the last few years of my life. We never can tell, but I never let this worry me. However, the attitude never to be defeated in spirit makes us winners is the attitude I will continue to cultivate.
How can we be happy and filled with joy at all times no matter what difficulties, physical, mental or emotional, we may face? Joy, gratitude and appreciation comes from accepting oneself, a coming to terms with oneself. This is not a passive acceptance of unfulfilled aspirations but a positive acceptance that every one of us is worthy of respect. Breaking past excessive concern for the self we can lead a vibrant life making every day and every hour count.
The final years of our lives is not a time to be a recluse. We can and must experience the joy and simplicity of life by doing all the things we love to do. Reaching out to others and encouraging and bringing joy into their lives is another arena that will bring rich dividends through the treasures of the heart.
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