We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie. ~Carl C. Jung
‘Twas the night (a month) before Christmas, as I lay for sleep in my bed,
when to my wondrous surprise, visions emerged & danced in my head;
not of sweet sugar plums, but of Soul Time Holiday mus-ings:
Joyful notions & merry wishes for Soul Alive Women’s pursuings.
Then Soul-wisdom words, beyond mind chatter, rang proclamation through:
‘We ARE old enough! Ripe with AGE! We KNOW what we want!’ It’s true!
Tis the season! Dare to throw open the shutters, draw back the sashes:
see dated wrappings of holiday trappings, shake-off the shoulds & ashes.
No need to pretend it’s okay: To not see sham games, lies & folly;
to be controlling or just go-along, hoping all will be jolly;
to do holiday stressing, shout or burnout, ignoring Soul Care,
limited resources, energy, time, or extra burdens to bear.
Earlier years, holiday seasons, joyful or sad: All now past.
Some traditions breathe holiday spirit, others no longer holdfast.
Few of us, if any, hang Christmas stockings by the chimney with care
or have our children snug in their beds, hoping St. Nick soon to be there.
It’s true! No one, or thing, created stays the same. Life is changing.
Yet the Holiday Spirit all yearn for IS – Boundless Soul Unchanging.
As I write these playful words, it’s very clear, I am far from being a poet.
Just the same, I hope you hear my Soul desire for you as I share it.
Let Us Be Glad That ‘We Are Old Enough’
To know what we want & value, & even more, that
we bring golden gifts of our years to share.
To know our Soul’s Truth & to trust, with seasoned hearts,
we can live in harmony with what matters to us,
in this Holiday Season & beyond.
May you know the freedom to show-up for the Holidays as a Soul Alive Wise Woman bearing
golden gifts of your years. May this Season be, for you, the best yet.
‘Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!’
In the Glorious Spirit of this Season,
I found this month’s book after the ‘visions emerged in my head’ experience occurred. Because the title spoke directly to that experience, I choose to finish reading it even though, in a several places, it did not read as smoothly as I would have liked. I am glad I continued reading. The content was well worth it. I was amazed to read, in many places, that the author expressed the same passion for the aging process as I hold. I recommend this book because the author speaks with frankness about important aspects of the aging process that I have not found in other books.
Ripening Time: Inside Stories for Aging with Grace, by Sherry Ruth Anderson
“Author guides reader beyond our culture’s mind traps through stories where elders face into the lies, the losses and endings, the tender and bittersweet and ferocious truths of growing old. Giving an indispensable compass, she shows how growing into old age can be fruition, the genuine grace and gift of human ripening.” [excerpt from back cover]