Aging Wisdom – Lessons 61-70


by Richard P. Johnson

Aging teaches me…

61. That mourning is necessary and positive … it has great value
62. To receive care from others, as well as give care to others
63. That I cannot honor others by dishonoring myself
64. To better distinguish between “needs” and “wants”
65. The difference between a “quality” and “quantity” relationship
66. To go beyond “right” and wrong”
67. That finding who is at fault is fruitless
68. That I cannot change anyone
69. That simple and direct communication is best
70. That everything and everyone and is my teacher

© Richard P. Johnson, Ph.D.

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Dr. Johnson is nationally recognized for his pioneering work in Healing and Medical Behavioral Sciences. As Director of Behavioral Medicine at a large teaching medical center, Dr. Johnson was responsible for teaching medical interns and residents the “art” of medicine. He has taught hundreds of persons interested in healing. His fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the spiritual aspects of adult development and healing have inspired scores of maturing adults to follow their hearts and live more abundant lives. He is a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate teacher who delights in seeing his students grow personally and spiritually. He has written many articles and over 40 books all focused upon God’s expansive grace. Dr. Johnson is a devoted Catholic Christian; he and his wife Sandra live in St. Louis, they have three grown children and six grandchildren. Dr. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in clinical counseling from the University of Florida; he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 2010.

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