When George Harrison penned “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969, I’m certain he was thinking of the Queen City. He had to know of those first limbs of light paring away parka sleeves. He must’ve seen somewhere the throng of joggers thumping down the sidewalk like steady neon hearts and heard purple finches fine-tuning their orchestra.
Only a few short weeks ago there were snow flurries, but today! Oh sweet, sun-shiny today! “It feels like years since it’s been here!”
Like any good song writer, George Harrison was a master at provoking emotional response. He, as well as his fellow bandmates, could take any one of the mundanities of everyday life, turn it just so that we listeners beheld something new, something textured and worth close attention. After all, the sun has in fact come up since the beginning of time, yet when he sings “Sun, sun, sun, here it comes,” there goes my chair; I’m jumping up and down, hands a-clap. Perspective proves to be powerful force.
So powerful is it that recent research indicates a person’s perspective accounts for 30 to 40 percent of general happiness. And nowhere is perspective, patience, and perhaps a little levity, more important than when the object of focus is aging. We are getting older. It’s an inescapable fact of life. And what connects young and old alike, however, is that each one of us is a particular age for the first time in our lifespan. Remarkably simple, not to mention obvious, but something about that realization comforts me. It makes me more empathetic. My father, who is infinitely wise and capable, too is confronting a unique threshold, just like me. As is my newborn son. 3 weeks old, then, 38 years and 66 years all share a common foundation. Son, son, son here we come.
Such is the thinking behind MHCGM’s 14th annual symposium: Paths to Positive Aging. On May 15th will dedicated an entire day to aging positively, a new concept that illuminates sources of happiness throughout the entire aging process. Should you or someone you know be interested positive aging, please join us from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Manchester Downtown Hotel, 700 Elm Street.
We hope to see you there!