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A Discipline for Declining Days

2 Aug

Thoughts on aging gracefully while still making significant contributions to society.

It ain't over 'til it's over!

At least three more of our fellow-classmates have died in the first half of 2011. I say ‘at least’ because we’re only sure of three. For those of us that remain and about to start turning 70, it may be a good time to face some of the challenges/advantages of our ‘senior’ years.

As an intro to the subject, I want to quote some things found in a book called “The Disciplines of Life” written in 1948 by the then President of Wheaton College, V. Raymond Edman.

”And it came to pass, when Samuel was old. .
.”
  (I Sam. 8:1)

   There are disciplines of childhood:
diligence to obey parents and decision to accept the gospel invitation; of adolescence: dependability, delight, determination, and discipleship; of  mature years: duty, darkness, delay, diversion, distinction; there is also that of old age.

It is different from earlier disciplines;nevertheless, just as real, with results for good or ill that can help or hinder the rising generation. Samuel,
the last of the judges of Israel, affords an excellent illustration of this discipline of declining days.

At Southeast we were taught certain ‘disciplines’ including the virtues of the Roundtable. Our Principle & Vice Principle were men of disciplines.So we know not to be afraid of that word.

 Declining years bring decrease of activities and responsibilities. The Tireless
Thirties and Roaring Forties have given way to the Sensible Sixties and the
Slackening Seventies. To grow old gracefully and graciously is a triumph; not to do so is a tragedy. There are those who will never admit to themselves or to
others that they have passed the period of their effectiveness and service; and
with hard hand and harsh voice they insist upon their place and position, which long since they have ceased to fill…

 The discipline of declining days that comes when days wane and strength
subsides, when doors close and comforters depart, when others bear the heat and the burden of the day; then to grow old graciously and sweetly; to grant
responsibilities to stronger, though less experienced, hands of our sons or
those of others; to adapt oneself to the demands of a new day; and above all, to
pray for others and to serve the Lord in whatever hidden ministry may be ours.
Thus disciplined in spirit we are sweetness and strength to those who need us
most.

-Go here to continue reading

We have lots to live for & look forward to in the future years if we will accept the challenge. Besides, we can count on our classmates to encourage us along the way!

SE_alumni_newsletter_July_2011  includes interview w/ Preston Washington, Class of ’62.

Related post: Tuskegee Airmen Mark 70 Anniversary

What do we do after our 50th?

5 Mar

CONTINUE the JOURNEY on TWITTER

That’s right, we’ve got to move on to new things. If you haven’t heard of Twitter and Tweets or know some body that does- well, have we got some fun things for the new year!

Follow us on Twitter

If you click “tweetie” the bird you will go to our brand new page on Twitter. You will be able to see it but Twitter will ask you to sign in and if you don’t yet have an account they will offer you to start one. We in effect are sponsoring the SoutheastKCMO twitter page for all alumni, not just the class of ’60.

So come help us with the new project: it’s easy and it will be fun. We will be able to combine with our blog by ‘tweeting’ links that will bring folks back to one of earlier posts. Be sure to make suggestions of other Twitter accounts in Kansas City to follow on Twitter.

Knights and Ladies of Southeast finish strong

27 Mar

1960- 2010 and counting!

Those of us that have lived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our class of 1960 have received a precious gift. But it also involves a tremendous call for courage and determination to finish STRONG.