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‘Too old’ to learn? Never!
Recently I downsized from a house with a large yard to a smaller townhouse. Everything was so convenient in the new home, except that the furniture arrangement on the main floor left no room for my stereo, which I had previously used to play CDs. I consulted a sound technician to see how to make room for the stereo components and install hidden speakers. He told me the “way of the future” was for me to copy my CDs onto my computer, play them on a wireless speaker, and control what I played from anywhere in my house with a cellphone. Very convenient, right?
It didn’t feel that way to me. Sometimes I think technology is advancing faster than I’ll ever keep up. I just master one thing, and my children tell me I must learn another. Sometimes I want to throw up my hands and coast along as is, not trying new things because it is too much work. But when I think about what I’ve learned in Christian Science about my real identity, I realize I don’t want, or need, to accept this position.
It can be tempting to be apathetic, satisfied only with things that are familiar, and not to put forth the effort for something worthwhile. But I saw that submitting to apathy would be agreeing that I’ve reached the peak of my capability and must face the alternative—that I’m “too old” to do whatever is right for me to do. Such limits were never given to the man whom God created, made in His image and likeness. The attitude of being too old to express intelligence and productivity is an incorrect identification of ourselves as limited and mortal, not spiritual and ageless.
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