Friday, March 13, 2015

Fears about living & dying

I saw the movie "Still Alice" the other night. I have heard that thanks to this movie and the book on which it's based, Alzheimer's Disease is finally getting some attention—and perhaps some funding for research and maybe even cures. That's a good thing.

This movie also can heighten our fears about the aging process, about dying, even about living. Fears aren't a bad thing, however. They can help us explore and grow. They can help us learn more about ourselves and about life. (That doesn't mean you need to see the movie, of course!)

I invite you to consider a couple questions today. I intend to reflect on them myself. What do you fear about dying? What do you fear about living?

Perhaps another question would be: What do you fear about aging?

I don't always deal well with such questions because it touches into my vulnerability—and for me, that's still a growing edge. But I want to get more in touch with that flip side of the strength coin because I think it's important for me to do so. Perhaps you already do well with being vulnerable. If not, please join me on this journey of discovery.

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