The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all of the other ages you’ve been
– Madeline L’Engle
Life is a process. We are a process. Everything that has happened in our lives has happened for a reason and is an integral part of our becoming.
One of the challenges of our lives is to integrate the pieces of our lives as we live them. It is something tempting to try to deny huge periods of our lives or forget
significant events, especially if they have been painful. To try to erase our past is to rob ourselves of our own hard-earned wisdom.
There is not a child or an adolescent within us. There is a child or adolescent who has grown into us.
When we realize that among the most important strengths that we bring to our work are the life experiences we have had and the ages we have been, maybe we will not resent getting older.
MY WISDOM emerges as I accept and integrate all that I have been and all that has happened to me.
taken from Meditations for women who do too much
by Anne Wilson Schaef