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Mind/Body

In this category you can find all the blogs that focus on mind/body matters, separately or intertwined. As people age, this aspect of life can be the most worrisome or worse. In these blogs, “fullness” suggests otherwise.

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On taking a walk

When we became empty-nesters, Chris and I began to walk almost every day. Our walks were usually forays into nature—to and from a local park, in a nearby forested area or even around the perimeter of our neighborhood. We spent about an hour each time, enjoying the prospect of healthy physical exercise and quiet conversation. Even since we’ve added regular exercise classes to our daily routinesMORE...

Ashamed about bodily functions

  One of the things I know about getting older is that eventually some of my bodily functions will stop working very well. This will likely be embarrassing. I can imagine the day when someone might have to feed, wipe or clean me up, when they will talk to me about basic body functions that just aren’t what they should be. I’ve thought about matters like drooling, spilling food or makingMORE...

Whom do you trust?

This blog is part of an ongoing series that answers an intriguing question: What might it mean for older adults to claim that they are still “fearfully and wonderfully made?”   Eventually someone else is going to want to know more about your body or brain. That person could be your spouse, a medical professional, a counselor or pastor, or even a dear friend. They love you and want to beMORE...

Scruffy hat, scruffy guy

  If you met me on the street, you might mistake me for someone whose mother didn’t teach him how to present himself in a tidy and respectable matter. At this stage in life, I accept that possibility, because I am perfectly content with old clothes, a battered baseball cap and uncombed eyebrows. (Some of you old guys out there may know what I mean, right?) On one hand, this phenomenon is notMORE...

What’s still working?

This blog is part of an ongoing series that answers an intriguing question: What might it mean for older adults to claim that they are still “fearfully and wonderfully made?” It’s fairly easy to look at your body—and brain—and see what’s NOT working so well. (If you need help there, just turn on the TV and watch commercials that can inform you about infirmities that you didn’t know existed.) WithMORE...

Living fully when it’s difficult just to live

  Sometimes I hear this voice inside my head: “It’s easy for you to be positive about this aging thing, Bob. You’re not neck-deep in troubles!” The voice may be right—“living fully” could feel like empty-headed, Pollyanna-ish puffery if someone’s physical, emotional, financial or relational conditions aren’t all that good. I should probably listen to that voice, too. If I bent my ear in thatMORE...

Something could break

  Many items in our homes—appliances, automobiles, toys, structures, systems, furniture— may be poised at the edge of a sudden breakdown. Rust grows and corrodes; tiny internal parts fracture; elements burn out or mysterious materials stop working. In many cases, we have no warning about an impending breakdown, and so are surprised when a fuel pump stops working, a pipe bursts, a roof leaksMORE...

Giving up (or not)?

I’ve seen it coming in too many of the older people I know and love: Throwing in the towel—giving up or just not keeping up. Not caring about most things. Letting life and limb go to pot. Perhaps you’ve experienced small indications that this kind of thinking is germinating inside your spirit…? It’s easy to say that spiritually minded folks shouldn’t give up on life. But as we get older, someMORE...

Who’s paying attention to you?

Attention is the most basic commodity of human existence. Basic questions: If no one pays attention to something, what good is it? Who’s giving attention to whom? Because attention is valuable, who’s willing to pay for it? When you get old, another question arises–you know what’s coming, right?—Who pays attention to old people? You’ve had this happen, I’m sure: You say or do something andMORE...

Waiting Room Redemption

I spend significant time in the waiting rooms of my several doctors. It struck me recently that this was a time that could be repurposed for godly purposes, and hence redeemed! The time in a waiting room time can be a way to restore spirits, dispel distressing emotions or rescue your fullest spiritual identity. People watching prayers The weight of illnesses or continuing medical conditions sitsMORE...

Bob Sitze

BOB SITZE has filled the many years of his lifework in diverse settings around the United States. His calling has included careers as a teacher/principal, church musician, writer/author, denominational executive staff member and meat worker. Bob lives in Wheaton, IL.

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