“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The modern world puts a high premium on youth. By this standard, retirement brings the freedom to take on a second career, or find fulfillment in new hobbies, or to recapture the pleasures of youth. But the last years of life spent in such pursuits are often full of frustrations and regrets.
By contrast, from a spiritual perspective, the second half of life is the natural time to turn from physical satisfactions to inner growth. These are years of opportunity – of continued growth rather than decline. This is the time when we need to concentrate on spiritual development if we are to fulfill our highest potential and realize our immortality. All the world’s religions agree that death is not the end of life, only the end of one chapter.