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Are you daunted by the next birthday?  That next number added to your age?  Don't be - it really is just a number ... as our newsletter illustrates.

Goddesses never age
Can a number really tell you who you are?


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Apologies, men, this one is for us women, but be assured that you will benefit as much (well, almost as much!). Having read it, watch for the materialisation of the ageless goddess before your eyes ... I promise your lives will be much more pleasurable!

Christiane's central premise in her book is this: age really is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything, from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value. You can be younger at 60 than you were at 30 because you’ve changed your attitude and lifestyle.



Ageless living is courageous living 

It means being undistracted by the petty dramas of life because you have enough experience to know what’s not worth worrying about and what ought to be prioritised.

Goddesses Never Age is not your run-of-the-mill self-help book. It challenges us to relinquish myths that we have internalised and that age us ... myths about women, about our relationships with each other, about our bodies.

In this book, Christiane challenges us to grow older with gusto rather than to deteriorate with age.  Then, she says, you won’t be old and you won’t be young: you will be something else … an ageless goddess!

We are not proponents of long life. We are proponents of joyful life, and when you find yourself in joy, the longevity usually follows. We do not count the success of a life by its length; we count it by its joy," says Christiane.

Inspiring take-aways
  • People with positive perceptions about ageing live on average seven-and-a-half years longer than people who don’t hold that belief.
  • Being vivacious and fully engaged by our experiences and enjoying our creativity protects our brain health … and keeps Alzheimer’s away.
  • Your thoughts and your beliefs are the single most important indicators of your state of health.
  • The anti-ageing prescription is to love life, to try new things and to savour your experiences.

Happy reading!  I would love you to share
your Ageless Goddess story with me.
 

Time just to laugh

“Sometimes I get depressed about my age. In March I’ll be 26.

If man weren’t measured in numbers, but rather letters, I’d be turning Z. And then I’d be dead.”       

Jarod Kintz, author
I should have renamed this

Tap into
timelessness

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.

When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren,
Italian actress

 

Take back a lifetime

Chartered client, Sheila Foster (not her real name), recently mailed us to share her inspiring account of change.  In seeking employment, she had vowed that it would never be in service to others, not earning an income.  As many of us have learned, life has a way of redirecting us on an unanticipated path ... and, for Sheila, this change has meant the happiest and most joyful days of her life. See what she has to say.

Today, I work with a group that helps members with their addiction.  I am a personal sponsor to three wonderful people who are battling with their pain.. My greatest joy comes from seeing changes in their attitudes and behaviour.

I also chair a quilting group that does great work for a few ‘gogos’ who run creches in the Inanda Valley.

So I just want to say thank you, Chartered, for your inspiring newsletters and your hope-filled editorials.  In keeping with writing to inspire others, I would like to share an article I recently wrote on Change, in the hopes that other clients will be similarly encouraged - life is filled with wonderful opportunities.

Please click here to enjoy it.


 

Being every age

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
 

I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be... This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages...the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on ...

Far too many people misunderstand what "putting away childish things" means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grown up ...If this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don't ever want to be one.

Instead, if I can retain a child's awareness and joy, and “be” fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grown up.

Madeleine L'Engle, American author

 

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