S:0491 Distinction: Aging vs. Decaying

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


Most people sooner or later notice they are aging. Signs of aging appear in our face and frame, our speed and speech. Most, initially, have a negative reaction to their awareness of aging. They may think they are decaying.

Ah, but to decay is another thing altogether; when you decay you rot and decompose. For instance, decayed thinking can be sour, mean, joyless. Decayed actions can be spiteful and victim-y.

To age is a gift. To decay is a curse.


Coaching Point: There are many things you can t do now that you could do when you were 15, but there also are many things you can do now that you couldn t when you were 15. What are they? Focus on those.


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