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This Old Campus

by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff


Awhile back, one of my associates suggested that I write about what is going on in my life; focusing on what it is like for me growing old. In the main, I have resisted doing this because I have struggled with the aging process; particularly as this period has filled with sickness, going to doctors and watching those I love deal with illness and death. 

Often the day is not pretty, yet, it is often filled with opportunity to use spiritual practice. Exercises like living in the moment- are essential aspects to my new life. For when the sun comes out from behind the cloud: one must stop what they are doing, celebrate and breathe deep the glorious moment.

Today I went for a walk up by the old campus of the community college; recently abandoned and waiting for a new buyer, this campus has been replaced by a newer more modern version. The parking lot is empty; the grass is over grown and debris liters forgotten corners.  I have an affinity for this place and, over the years, when classes were not in session spent many an afternoon walking in the quiet serenity.

Nowadays this old campus and I have much in common; having outlived our original usefulness we are waiting for a new buyer, with a renovation plan.  Leaving behind the habits and thoughts of yesterday, I too must focus on the distant horizon; pulling toward me the next stage of my journey. 

Growing old I am faced with many certainties and many unknowns.  Yet, as I walk in the sunlight and repeat the Holy Name:  joy fills my heart and I envelop the hillside with love. Knowing that tomorrow is what I make of it and I have within my hand a wondrous wand to help create Reality.

-SB

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