We all want the best of growing older. There’s just one problem: the older we get, the harder it gets to stay well and active. Sound familiar? In this book author Margie Hackbarth reveals the ways affirmations help us set and achieve meaningful goals during this phase of life’s journey. This includes how to recognize and tackle unconscious and deep-rooted age bias. She teaches how to pause to reflect. Then guides readers to shift from reluctantly aging to intentionally aging.
Margie Hackbarth, a Christian author, writes from a heart that believes in people, blending enthusiasm for older adults, lifelong learning, and nearly 30-years of healthcare communications and administration. A wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend, Margie hopes this work encourages and benefits you as much as these techniques have helped her.
This month I celebrated another trip around the sun, and it was a milestone birthday for me (#60). Woot-hoot! I'm thankful for many blessings and the opportunities to celebrate with a few special people. I was reminded growing older is a privilege. Still, true confessions - I was also a little anxious about starting my seventh decade. Some of you may be thinking I'm quite young yet, and others may be thinking I'm older than dirt! Different people view advancing age differently. I'm human, and I don't know what the future holds. I looked up this prayer, excerpted from my book, "Amaging(TM) Growing Old On Purpose," and it helped to put this birthday into perspective. I'm also sharing this excerpt for my friends who might have a little anxiety about adding another candle to their next birthday cake! I would add - if that's the case, read my book & then you can enjoy your cake & the candle, too :).
Amaging(TM) Growing Old On Purpose
Dear God. I do not know what the future holds. As I picture an older version of myself, with more struggles, pain, and difficult experiences, I am sometimes anxious about this. I pray that I will avoid focusing on negative thoughts like self-pity, frustration, or anger. Rather, I pray that I will grow closer to you, and I will put daily challenges in Your hands. I pray my relationship with You will become stronger and more intimate each day as I grow older—until I take my final breath, and my life is truly in Yourhands.