Living Life and Loving It!

I was intrigued and inspired by an article published March 19, in the Gloucester County Times, by Bob Schryock — “At 109, Mable ‘Aunt Mamie’ Wilson is ready for new challenges.”

How many of us, at any age, are ready for, or even welcome, new challenges?  How many of us are set in our ways and shun anything new?  How many of us are in a rut or have a habitual way of doing things – the same way all the time?

A friend of mine once told me, “A rut is a velvet-lined coffin.”  And he admonished me to avoid having a daily routine and/or having an affinity to breaking that routine.

I took him up on his warnings.  I started mixing things up and forcing myself to try new things.  I began encouraging my children to try new things, too.

Mabel ” Aunt Mamie” Wilson says her “secret is faith in God and prayer, not getting stressed over things, a close family and making up your mind to do something and just doing it.”  Sounds good to me!

I can identify with all of what she says especially relying on God and prayer to get us to where we need to be in our lives.  Two years ago, I took ballet lessons and took on a new, extremely challenging job.  God and prayer got me through all of it.  I can say, I have grown spiritually and am a better person for taking on these challenges.

On a daily basis (and not always at the same time) I think about the non-aging process.  We are, after all, only as old as we think.  According to the article, Mabel “Aunt Mamie” Wilson never refers to herself as old and most likely, never thinks about it either.

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, established an international daily newspaper in 1908 at the age of 86, The Christian Science Monitor.

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she has this to say about age:  (1) “The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age.”  Then, let us “shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather than into age and blight.”  She indicates that we, as God’s creation, should grow more beautiful, grand, holy, and wise.

Mabel, “Aunt Mamie” Wilson wants to try roller skating.  And she says, “I bet I can.”  And I say, “Why not!”

Next, I want to learn to sing!


(1)  These thoughts on age or agelessness can be found on page 246.

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1 Comment

  1. What a joy! I love this message!