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Crossing the Line of Sixty: Having Knowledge, Using Knowledge Published: Sunday, July 20, 2008 By: Dr. Manuel Ángel (Coco) Morales

All my life, I have been a runner, a jogger, so as I as I crossed the line of the sixty years, and having faced the death of good friends and that of my beloved father, I am reading, researching, studying and jogging as usual, but thinking, reflecting and praying more.  Thus, the other day, I bumped into this delicate and beautiful piece of research establishing that after sixty people begin to reflect back more on their lives.  The Greeks said something similar, yet in this 21st century people seem so busy in their business of living that they cannot step back from it and spend constructive moments of meditation and reflection.  There is a beautiful connection between age and wisdom, if life is lived fairly well. We should all aim at living a good life. Reflection should lead to knowledge and wisdom, and to the healthy desire to pass to others what we have learned before we part.

When crossing the line of the sixties, we begin to look back to the whole picture of our lives, while still living in good conditions, targeting at coming to terms with the balance of that complex account which is the wisdom of age.  Of course, there are younger people with reasonable wisdom, but having the discipline of looking back courageously on a live that has been lived with intensity and passion can provide some unique perspective about the certainty of finding joy and happiness in most of our undertakings. 

So studying this piece of research about the interesting mystery of coming to be sixty, interviewing a great diverse sample, a distinguished proponent shares that he found five common lessons across many of the boundaries that separate people:  religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, and socio-economic status.  The message is that regarding what brings meaning to our lives, there is a common journey that is not bound by creed or culture.  A core message is that it takes some time to discover how to live well and often our time is almost done by the time we learn what really matters.

The five lessons every that human being should learn as quickly as possible (but again sixty is a very good time), are the following:1) Be true to yourself, living aware, with a purpose and meaning, and working hard not to miss your target, and following your heart with courage. 2) Leave no regrets, daring to live dangerously and taking risk. 3) Become an expression of love, by acknowledging that love is work made visible, and it takes a decision to achieve this purpose.  This signifies that we all make love a priority, we approach other with kindness, and we commit to do good and never harm others. 4) Live the moment, be the moment of everyday life, live as it was your last day, and get educated on how to work for achieving joy and happiness. 5) Give more than you take by asking what are the real expectations of a worthy living life, relaxing yourself, learning to cry and service others in need.

After crossing the line of sixty, I enjoy participating at these necessary dialogues and discussions, so I dare to add another profound lesson, and it is that we do not have to wait until sixty to connect with the Wisdom of God and knowing that this special relationship is what really matters the most.  By cultivating this connectivity wisdom arises, and we acknowledge that this is a special gift of the Lord in our quest to know His will for us.  This kind of wisdom goes beyond intellect and common human knowledge and encompasses God-given ability to perceive people and situations with spiritual compassion, sensitivity and clarity. 

From this perspective, we learn that this special kind of wisdom is the vertical thrust of the mind of God into our minds, making discernment possible on the horizontal level of human relationships.  Then we are in a much better position for striving to integrate the having knowledge with the using knowledge.

Life is an endless succession of choices and decisions.  We are called all to assess, analyze, and decide about what is right and best for our lives and for our work realities.  The possibility of error or missing what is at stake (mistakes) is enormous.  Therefore we should all look for God’s wisdom in order to understand and do his will.  And this is exactly what I am doing in the race of the 60’s which I have already cross the line. 

 


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