My greatest fear about aging is finding myself living an increasingly narrow life. I see it in my 96 year-old mother-in-law. The memory care and assisted living facility Elda lives in is full of people whose lives have narrowed considerably, and are a shadow of what they used to be.
And it’s not just with the elderly with their ever-increasing physical limitations. I see some people my age and much younger living lives that are slowly closing in on them relationally, and emotionally.
I see some of that tendency in myself, where I resist growing as a person because to grow is to change, and I’ve gotten way too comfortable with the status quo.
It raises the question then of what can we do to keep growing as a person into old age, where we resist the natural forces of life that close in on us.
I propose that the antidote to this issue is to foster relationships with people different from ourselves. [Read more…] about 043: Thankful for People Different from Me