This old age ought not to creep on a human mind. In nature every moment is new; the past is always swallowed and forgotten; the coming only is sacred. Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love. No truth so sublime but it may be trivial to-morrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series
Every moment is new,
even as we grow old,
but the myriad new moments
keep life fresh when retirement
and slowing down may mean
the four walls are usually the same ones.
The bonus offered by the new, the different,
brings new possibilities like
dealing with problems, adjusting as needed
finding the thoughts differ and no longer
necessarily send me to the refrigerator,
but I can learn to change, to head to
my Higher Power instead of old survival tactics.
Only as long as we are unsettled
is there any hope for finding positive solutions,
moving toward hope and Recovery!