NO WINDING DOWN

I WAS IN MY EARLY 30S WHEN I READ A BOOK ON AGING TITLED Every Man a King, by Orison S. Marden. One of the chapters, titled "Don't Let the Years Count," was my first exposure to the idea that aging relates to thought. In this chapter Mr. Marden states, "I say to the years ... 'I shall conquer you.' There speaks a spirit that will never grow old." He quotes a writer as saying, " 'Better than the art of growing old gracefully is the secret of not growing old at all' " (New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1906, p. 201). But at that time in life I really gave no thought to aging.

About 13 years later, I was introduced to Christian Science by my best friend, who inspired me to read Science and Health. A story in that book about an Englishwoman who at age 74 still looked under 20, because of her having lost all awareness of the passage of time, got my attention. But, again, I was not giving much thought to aging.

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