I am, therefore, happy that Paula Huston has written a wonderful book for those of us who are definitely in the second halves of our lives and dealing with pain in some form or other. A Season of Mystery – 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life offers us practices that attempt to answer the classic obstacles associated with aging. She encourages us to free ourselves from our culture’s false ideas about how to avoid aging and death.
So how shall we face old age and dying? We can set aside the comforting myths that tell us we can indefinitely postpone what’s coming next. We can cease the frantic efforts to achieve all our unfulfilled goals before we die. Then we can move into this most challenging phase of life with both eyes open, remembering that our real purpose here on earth is to be “servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries” (1 Corinthians 4:1). [p. XIV]
The 10 practices she suggests are: listening, delighting, lightening, settling, confronting, accepting, appreciating, befriending, generating and blessing.
They sound good to me and, if you are a younger reader, you could start on them now and get way ahead of the rest of us.