Aging With Grace

Hello,

My name is Cary and at the age of 82, it is easier to pontificate about aging with grace than do it.  This past year, life for me has taken a radical turn.  I have gone from playing golf 4-5 evenings every week to playing no golf.  My shortness of breath with minimal exertion has been the limiting factor, yet the desire for an active life still exists.

Prior to this year, I took four pills, but now I take 15 per day.  My doctors are assisting me with asthma, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, gout,  and spinal stenosis.  Through these events, I keep trying to discover my new normal.  I realize the only thing that I control is how I will respond to each event.

The scripture that is my road map for aging is
Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in Hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayers.

I confess that I have had good role models to demonstrate the grace of aging.  My parents were relatively older dad was 48 and mother was 36 at my birth.  They faced the aging process and dying at 85 and 93 years of age with minimal complaints.

When mom was in her late 80’s and early 90’s, I would inquire how she was doing and her reply was always the same, “You don’t have enough time to listen!”

When I was in medical school my dad would be at the kitchen table with his bible open.  My question would be, “dad, what are you doing?”  His reply,  “Little Bud, I am cramming for the final.”

I am excited about the future and it is my heart’s desire to finish well.

I too have drawn advise and direction from scripture.  It has served to soften my heart and perspective of people around me.  One of my surgery professors shared with me, “It is easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble,“ and that is what I am trying to do.

I admit the aging process has diminished me but I still enjoy coffee, scripture, and conversation with the love of my life—Paula Ann.

Job 32:7-8 – I thought age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom. But it is the Spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives understanding.

Amen!

Article by Cary Leverett

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  1. Amy

    I just sent this to my children. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.

  2. Patricia Moore

    Thank you for sharing Cary. Your wisdom and love for the Lord speaks volumes. I was told not to long ago that getting older takes courage because all the things that happen to you, and the things you can’t do anymore. With God’s wisdom and the courage we draw from Him we can face each new day because He is there. God Bless you Cary. ♥️

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