In 2012 a group of elders in the Northern Rivers area of NSW Australia started to meet. We had all been exposed to the way our society regards older people, but we had also started to recognise our own responsibility in how our lives were lived and that perhaps there was more to life than was ordinarily accepted by today's society. We spent our meeting times in exploring these ideas with some of our friends overseas and we realised that we all had a story to tell about how our lives had been changed.
We felt that by sharing these diverse stories in a book we could perhaps help others to remember how it felt for them when they were children. How life can be wondrous and joyful, and if we can let go of all the impositions that we have allowed life to put upon us, we can have a joy-filled older age.
This book is dedicated to all those who feel that perhaps there is more to life – that they can delve more deeply within and find that joy of which our writers speak. It has become clear to many of the writers that there is far more to life than the five senses reveal and that our bodies have an amazing ability to show us how to live if we choose to listen.
To read testimonials about the book, click here.
Stories from the Joyful Fifties
"At 55 years old I feel that life has just begun. . . and the funny thing is that I feel this every morning!!! I wake up and I find that there is always more of ME to connect to and express from and as I continue to do this I feel more lovely, more vital, more aware and more worthy every single day!" Kathleen B.
Stories from the Joyful Sixties
"The 60s have been an amazing time for me and I have a feeling that the 70s might be even better. I've laid a strong foundation in my 60s for the years ahead. Where once I felt uncertain about the future, I now look forward to what's ahead of me, whatever it may be. And, I've learned it's never too late to make changes in your life. I'm living proof of that!" Judy F.
Stories from the Joyful Seventies
“So here at seventy-three years I have a choice. Am I going to go on living my old patterns into my old age and pass on miserably, or am I at last going to accept the reality of life, my age, my body, and above all the divine woman I am inside, and live this stage of my life from inside out, not outside in, accept the reality of myself and let myself live that, and so pass from it lovingly? Something fundamental has changed and allowed me this choice, whereas before I could not see it.” Joan C.
Stories from the Joyful Eighties
“I am still young at heart, while recognising and accepting that my body is not as strong as it used to be and that my short-term memory is not as good as I would like it to be. I still have a zest for living. I certainly have more wisdom than forty or even twenty years ago. And there is more harmony and stillness in my life; more time for reflection. More gentleness. More serenity. More love. More joy. I am love. I express love.” Tony P.