Prayer for Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully

Need a prayer for growing old? Here it is!

Dear Higher Power, You know better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but You know, Beloved, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is a vexation to those around.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people; and give me, Divine One, the grace to tell them so.

Blissed Be Disgraceful Challenge: Let’s co-create a Prayer for Growing Old Dis-gracefully…

The above is a really sweet prayer, full of sage advice and common sense. But sometimes the inner cheeky goddess simply must be heard… who wants to be practical all the time, right?

So, I’m inviting members to co-create a “Prayer for Growing Old Disgracefully“… for example, your contribution could include requests along the lines of, “may I never forget to pack paper towel in case I spill my cocktail in public.”

Comment to add your suggestion to our co-created prayer.

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