Sitting on my patio, listening to nature’s symphony – crow cawing, sparrows – or are they finches?
The sound of grandchildren giggling inside.
And green. So much green.
And green smoothie.
And my eyes fall on these Rohr musings about the second half of life.
And it so fits.
Life is much more spacious in the second half of life, the boundaries of the container having been enlarged by the constant addition of new experiences and relationships. Now you are just here, and here holds more than enough.
If we know anything at this stage, we know that we are all in this together and that we are all equally naked underneath our clothes. When you are young, you define yourself by differentiating yourself; now you look for the things that we all share in common. You find happiness in alikeness, which has become much more obvious to you now; and you do not need to dwell on the differences between people or exaggerate the problems. Creating dramas has become boring.
In the second half of life, it is good just to be a part of the general dance. We do not have to stand out, make defining moves, or be better than anyone else on the dance floor. Life is more participatory than assertive, and there is no need for strong or further self-definition. God has taken care of all that, much better than we ever expected. The brightness comes from within now, and it is usually more than enough.