“To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our souls”
sung in Justin Heyward’s soulful voice.
I was put in mind of this song while reading Carole Johannsen’s article in Reflections, the publication of the Yale Divinity School, which is partly based on a program that she led at MRHS in the winter and spring of 2012.
The song refers to learning the “secrets of our souls” as we age --- not that wisdom is automatically given to us but must be sought out. It implies a certain excitement in the aging process --- after a lifetime of rabid activity there is a time to rest, reflect and integrate. I think Carole Johannsen’s article makes reference to similar processes as she calls for a need to recognize the unique quality of older persons’ spiritual lives, regardless of particular beliefs or non-beliefs.
Also, this recent article in the NY Times about the "Science of Older and Wiser" came to my attention from Gardens resident Tamaara Tabb.