Reblog: Bright light from senior workers

Bright light from senior workers

By Barbara Vining (Reblogged from

It’s encouraging to know that age is not a barrier to progress.

I learned that lesson early from a neighbor – a childhood friend’s father, Mr. Fierke. We were still in high school when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 at General Mills, where he managed the flour division. Without hesitation, he enrolled in a six-month training course to become a stockbroker, after which he began a 23-year career with a well-known brokerage firm. After that, he continued to live an active life.

In recent times, age has become less and less a factor in deciding when one should retire – or whether one should retire at all. It’s quite common for individuals to want – or need – to continue working during their senior years. Many businesses are actually wooing senior workers, and mandatory retirement ages have been disappearing from the horizon. Employers are valuing seniors for their maturity, dependability, and experience – and, I also think, for the inspiration their example can bring to the workplace.

Mr. Fierke’s example certainly inspired me, as well as many others, I’m sure… Read more

Life is eternal – how do we live and understand this now?

In Science and Health, the author Mary Baker Eddy writes, “Life is eternal. We should find this out and begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal.” (p. 246)

Mary Baker Eddy was a spiritual metaphysician who taught and healed others through her system Christian Science.  She explains this Science and how to heal in her main book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. 

The question I ask myself today is how do I begin the demonstration of “Life eternal”?

Considering that life is eternal – never dying or declining – has brought healing to me now.  It has destroyed a fear of degradation and a decrease in activity and life.

There are many amazing stories of men and women who have peaked mountains, run marathons and other activities in their 80’s and 90’s.

The Monitor had an issue last year on “Centenarians” and all they were actively doing today and the mentality they attributed to their longevity.

It really proved, to me, to be a mental state that kept them healthy and active, fulfilled and satisfied in their “old age”.  They didn’t accept the symptoms or label of “old age” as having power to control their experience.

Here is how the American baseball player, Satchel Paige, responded when people asked how he continued to successfully play when supposedly past his athletic prime: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

The point is it’s never too soon to expect unchanging good – to expect to experience longevity and all faculties of the mind in perfect working order.

And it’s never to late to get up, rise up in consciousness and activity to embrace infinite good.  All the good, vitality and energy you need are present right here, right now.

There are many people proving this is true and if it’s true for one, it’s true for all!

If you’re interested in hearing more inspiration and testimonies on this subject you can listen to or read these two audio chats on

 Reverse decline in health and living

Audio Chat with Channing Walker, CS

Freedom from fear of dementia

Audio Chat with Rebecca Odegaard, CSB




Redefining longevity: the new centenarian spirit

I Love the Monitor’s issue on those living over 100! It’s wonderful and I’m so happy to see possibilities opening up for everyone! And to know that it’s so much about our outlook and attitude.


As a model of longevity, Elsa Hoffman 102 – with her great-grandaughters Blair (l) and Elsa Textor-Black – says there’s nothing “I say I can’t go to or don’t want to do.” This centenarian’s version of slowing down in the past decade is to limit her travel to places near her Florida home – South America, for example.