My baby boomer goals are different now than they were decades ago.
I heard myself say the other day, “One of my main goals in life now is never to fall down again.”
Do you know what the word “whinging” means? Well, I have found myself doing it more and more lately as the aches and pains due to previous injuries mount up. It means to complain in a persistent manner that others may find annoying.
Baby Boomers have been an interesting bunch. We have:
- been more educated than any previous generation
- more rebellious
- more materialistic
- more idealistic in our hopes to reshape society
As proactive, entitled and informed as we may be…
"… the baby boomers are about to do something utterly conventional and predictable.We are going to start getting old and begin developing health problems." WebMD
Was it coincidence that two days before my 60th birthday this invocation fell into my hands?
I share it as an invocation for all my fellow 78 million baby boomers in the years to come. It is how I want to be when I grow up.
Seventeenth Century Nun's Prayer
Lord, thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old.
Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I don't not want to be a saint---some of them are so hard to live with—but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.
And, give me O Lord, the grace to tell them so.