“Growing older either reveals or hides

the mystery of existence.

 

if you are becoming a sage

you will grow in trust and contentment.

You will discover the light

of life’s deepest truths.

If you are merely growing older,

you will become trapped by fears and frustrations.

You will see only the darkness

of infirmity and death.

 

The great task of the sage

is learning to see in the darkness

and not be afraid.

 

There is one primary choice

facing every aging person:

Will we become sages,

harvesting the spiritual essence of our lives

and blessing all future generations?

Or will we just grow older,

withdrawing,

circling the wagons,

and waiting for the end?”

from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin

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