Rabbi Ben Ezra: The Contentment of growing old

growing old

We all are growing old and will soon reach that age in life, where people younger to you feel that you are too old for them, and the elders maek you realise how much you have grown to take control of your life. This state is the time, when most of us start dreading the passage of time and worry about what we have achieved in the past and what the future has in store for us.

What is age?

Age is a number that shows the length of time that an individual has lived. Age is accompanied with not just grey hair, but with wisdom, understanding, joys and compensations. Just like every season has something unique to it, every age too comes with its share of uniques points. Old age is rich in experience and a great way to recall all the brain cuddle.

Change with Age: Growing Old

Ageing brings with itself lots of negative impacts like declining health, reduced memory, but the concept of ‘positive ageing’ helps in bringing positivity in every individual. Adopting a positive attitude towards growing is positive ageing. The concept of “positive ageing,” also referred to as “healthy ageing,” is achievable by every older person as we work to make better choices in the near term to improve our lives in the long term.

It has been shown that with ‘positive aging’ the mental powers increases and the artistic powers are intensified. Michelangelo has produced some of his masterpieces at the age of eighty-two. In today’s time when the life expectancy of individuasl has increases, it is important to master the art of growing.

Rabbi Ben Ezra

Let us learn about it in Robert Browning’s famous poem Rabbi Ben Ezra

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afr
aid!”

Robert encourages people that growing old is nothing but a phase. There is still a lot that one can achieve. in order to live a rich and rewarding life, it is important to stay ambitious and work towards it with full determination. He says the first half of our life is youthful years which prepare us fr the second half which is the insightful, elder years.

Not for such hopes and fears
Annulling youth’s brief years,
Do I remonstrate: folly wide the mark!
Rather I prize the doubt
Low kinds exist without,
Finished and finite clods, untroubled by a
spark.

Poor vaunt of life indeed,
Were man but formed to feed
On joy, to solely seek and find and feast:
Such feasting ended, then
As sure an end to men;

The poet writes that do not waste the time of your life on worldly success, as this is not the aim of your life. Man is not brught into this for material things, but to achive something. Though the youthful days are tough, but that is what makes us strong. The pain we endure during the youth gives us wisdom and understanding.

So, take and use Thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o’ the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in Thy hand!
Perfect the cup as planned!
Let age approve of youth, and death complete the same!

He says that it is important that we reflect on our past work and try to amend any mistakes that we have made. Old age is the phase when you have the time in your hand to actually make your life perfect, the way you had planned. He says that old age helps you approve of the youth that you have lived, after which death completes the entire life cycle of humans.

Conclusion

Age is just a number which is not corelated to your achievements and life. Some examples are:

  • Arianna Huffington founded her namesake news publication, The Huffington Post, at age 55.
  • Harry Bernstein spent a long life writing in obscurity but finally achieved fame at age 96 for his 2007 memoir, “The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers.”
  • Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952. 
  • Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car in 1908.