Vesper Time – A Book Review
Vesper Time is a short book, packed with insights into 5 key areas around the issue of aging. The first chapter deals with memories. It’s not so much about losing memories as it is to identify the key memories which have led us to become the people we are.
Chapter two raises the subject of Intimacy. What kind of intimacy really helps us as we age? How do we maintain relationships that sustain us and keep us connected as we face the future? And, of course, facing it with others is more life-giving than facing it alone.
The third chapter treats the huge issue of diminishment. What things can’t we do as well as we used to? Can we admit that? And are there some things that we can actually do better now, in spite of the physical and mental changes we are experiencing?
And the last 2 chapters deal with acceptance and gratitude. They help us age with hope. They encourage us to see aging not only as a challenge but also as a gift. The goal is to become loving and grateful people and to avoid the grumpy old men or women syndrome!
I’ve read four or five other books about aging and this one is my favorite. It’s written by Frank Cunningham and published by Orbis Books, Maryknoll New York.