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Loading comments Please try again, the name must be unique. Post Cancel. There are no Independent Minds comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Follow comments Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Thanks for subscribing! Vote Are you sure you want to submit this vote? It is the retirement dinner when you say good bye to work you love and no longer can do, knowing you have given it your all and that your work gave back to you. When you look in the eyes of an old person you may see it fairly often.
In those elder eyes happiness and sadness blend in the same life-intense gaze.
I remember first noticing it when I was in my 30s, and I have seen it many times since -- and even more now that I am hanging out with elders more regularly. Maybe we have more good byes of all kinds, as our friends leave us in increasing numbers, and old work patterns no longer serve us. Maybe we feel the constraints of time that were not there when we were younger. For many reasons, the bittersweet poignancy of life becomes a familiar place if we shut off our TVs and take the time to sense the moments, savoring the passing beauty and joy.
I have been on a quest to find what is better about old age than being younger. I suspect that we may overlook the downsides of youth and, looking at elders through the eyes of youth, we over-estimate, physical decline as the primary experience. But one thing seems to be clear.
On the emotional scale, elders have the advantage of happiness more on that in a future post about that research and they have a good advantage on the poignancy side. Bring on the poignancy, our most precious times of sensing the fullness of life.
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