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Women’s Stories of Successful Aging

Kay Dilger Metcalfe: Written Reflections on Aging

“My meditations indicate . . . ” (May 2010)

In this philosophical reflection, which was revised extensively, Kay revisits the concerns of her 2007 poem “MOTION is not Stationary.” As in the earlier piece, she focuses on ideas of “Good vs. Bad” and the need for balance.

My meditations indicate that the Human Being can believe that God is and always has been the Total Source of all Outer Space and Inner Space.

I have been allowed to live well into my 90’s. There must be a good reason for this. Poor hearing, arthritic fingers, incontinence, etc. have placed me mostly into a new region of reading and reminiscing (facetiously called “out of the loop”).

Fortunately many, many million years ago, the Human Being learned how to form the sounds to create speech, also the making of marks for writing so as to communicate with one another. It became important to teach their offspring much that they themselves had learned. How to make tools and how to live together assimilating what good things as values, virtues, and “bad” things were necessary for survival.

In today’s calendar of 2010 years, we find that the year One was when Jesus Christ was born. He has been and is an all time teacher of Good. There have been earlier teachers of good such as Buddha, prophets, and others. There are the many millions who believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God.

Many true principles were advocated. Among these precepts, I find (i.e., for me) an invaluable one named “Good vs. Bad”.

As for the subject of “Bad”, it can be the fallout from Good. If everything would be considered good, there would be no opportunity for fulfillment. Life would become hum-drum with little to adjust to.

The above thoughts you can find are strongly spoken of by teachers.

Indirectly, the idea of “Good vs. Bad” is involved in the writings and discussions in many places. Look for them. Balance is the goal of both.

Art and Science are found to be of kindred spirits. Are they seeking balance between good and bad portions of the two?

Could it be that teaching and its profession are of the ultimate importance?

Kathryn Dilger Metcalfe

May 2010