One of the pleasures I’ve added to my life this COVID year was spending an hour, once a month in a Zoom room with a friend I met online – Diana. This month she offered me these words:

Many say that growing older causes

The mind to wander,

The body to stiffen,

And the heart to harden.

This is not the case for us.

As we become sages

Our minds begin to see the oneness of all things,

Our bodies become more flexible and supple,

And our hearts soften in love.

Of course, I needed to know where she located these words and she was kind enough to give me the source: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Life.

Would you define yourself as a sage? Why or why not?


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