Autumn 1997 Volume 2 Issue 1

Celebrating Creative Women: our vision, our wisdom, our strength

Treasuring Maturity

We're here to learn to go with joy among the sorrows of the world. --- Joseph Campbell
Too often the process of growing older is seen as one of sorrows, rather than one of joys. Eleanor Roosevelt loved her later years, likening the change in her status to motherhood. In her younger years, a woman must devote her time to her children. Once she reaches forty, her life changes, as do the priorities on her time. She can now become mother to the world, using her energy for the greater good of all.
Doris Lessing commented, "All one's life as a young woman, one is on show, a focus of attention, people notice you. You set yourself up to be noticed and admired. And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It is a positive thing. You can move about, unnoticed and invisible."
Whether you choose to be high profile, as Eleanor Roosevelt preferred, or anonymous, as Doris Lessing cherishes, there is an elegant freedom to aging. We have left behind the fallacies of youth and have become the respected matriarchs. We now have the time to focus upon our own priorities. The September edition of Moondance addresses these remarkable changes. We hope you will join us while we learn about the wonderful possibilities which await us in the greatest of life's passages.

Loretta Kemsley


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