Day 13: Elder Muse – The Wisdom of Elders

“Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living.”

There are moments when I reflect on the fact that I have lived 35 year longer than my mother did. She never had the opportunity to even come close to elderhood. I wonder how she would have walked that path? I will never know….

Living into and embracing our own aging is an art. I can’t say that I have perfected it but I can say I am aware that every day is an opportunity to explore, discover, be curious, accept the challenges and learn from them.

Isn’t it in the stumbling and struggling, in our vulnerability and fragility, that we find our way – and only then the wisdom reveals itself. We pave the way in our mutual co-creation shining the light for others who look to us for guidance.

I invite you to watch this 18-minute TED Talk by Dennis Stamper if you have at all questioned what being an elder is all about. He speaks to his journey and that of so many of us. Articulate, soulful and wise presentation!


Taking responsibility for our own journey is at times incredibly challenging. For those of you who read this blog regularly you may have noticed there was only one blog post published from September-November.

I was on a journey of exploration and discovery on how it felt to work a temporary part time mainstream job 20-hours/week, as well as continue on with my own private house/pet sitting business at the same time. It seemed my writing and creativity went into a hibernation of sorts.

I became acutely aware of what is most important to me at this precious elder time of life..and what is not. What opens me to wholeness, creativity, compassion, beauty, peace of mind and love….and what shuts me down into scarcity and contraction in the midst, of “busyness”. .

From this short 3-month experience the “elder muse” made an appearance and patiently waited to reveal a plan to re-engage with creative artistry when the timing was right. Over the next 31 days you will receive a daily Elder Muse blog post accessed from the unfolding of the day – not planned or scheduled.

I have no idea what will arise…..but then do we really know ahead of time what our moment to moment daily experience will be? We are only asked to pay attention.

Case in point – Just now I almost missed this sunrise extravaganza while focused on the words instead of the ever transitioning beauty emerging right out the window…….

I appreciate that you will be along with me for this journey. Please feel free to make comments or add your own insights and humor…..

In Gratitude & Appreciation!

Gaye Abbott



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