The other day an old friend and I were talking about the many blessings we have in our lives. Then, somehow, our conversation drifted to a “fact of life” we all must face, assuming we live long enough — growing old.

My friend — I’ll call him “Jack” — is an upbeat, positive, happy guy. He has much to be thankful for — work he loves, financial abundance, a happy marriage, a loving family, good health. Everything most folks aspire to.

When we started talking about growing old Jack, who’s quite a bit younger than I am, said he was already seeing signs of Alzheimer’s disease in himself. He sure had me fooled! I’ve had plenty of people in my family with Alzheimer’s, and I know the signs. Jack had none of them.

Yet he was convinced he was destined to deteriorate.

I have no doubt he will, given his belief that aging equals deterioration. But it ain’t necessarily so! We don’t have to fall apart as we grow older. Here’s what Spirit has to say:

 

“Your physical bodies are such magnificent mechanisms. Most of you neither understand nor appreciate your bodies. You do not see them as we do, as your higher selves do.

“We don’t know exactly where or when along your physical paths you lost the clear, loving vision you had once for your bodies. But you have lost it.

“Even your scientists say your bodies are capable of living far longer than what you consider a ‘normal’ lifespan. Few of you ever realize that capability.

“Instead, you have somehow been convinced, ‘brainwashed’ into believing your bodies must inevitably deteriorate with the years. And most of you believe you have to die of ‘something.’

“If you don’t get yourselves killed by an ‘accident,’ or an ‘act of God,’ then you just know you will die of some ‘age-related dis-ease.’

“If you expect your bodies to fall apart with the years, they will. They must. Because you are all powerful creators, because you create what you focus on.

“Yet it is entirely within your power to move through the years — you cannot avoid that — but without deteriorating. It is entirely within your power to die in a state of perfect health. A state of feeling good, feeling joyful, at the peak of perfection.

“You, as your higher selves, know how to do this. You, as your human selves, have forgotten.

“You can live a joyful, abundant life of many years. Then, when you decide you’ve done it all, seen it all, you can choose to move on without pain, sorrow, or sickness.

“It can be that easy.”

 

It’s obvious many people really do deteriorate as they age. But is it inevitable? What are your beliefs and thoughts? Please comment below.