The blurb that my friend and ally, Sister Imelda, sent to the U.S. Ursuline nuns at the request of one of their Sisters in elected leadership.
THIS CHAIR ROCKS: A MANIFESTO AGAINST AGEISM
We’ve all been there:
- Shocked, unhappy at the growing expanse of gray hair — or maybe just the growing expanse!
- The dissatisfaction with hair that is getting thinner, the chin that is becoming a double chin
- The embarrassment that it is not always so easy to open that sealed jar of olives
- The embarrassment that it takes a little longer to get up that last flight of stairs
Ashton Applewhite sets all these experiences around aging in perspective, showing how almost universally we respond to these physical changes as negative. She calls it “age shame”, seeded and nurtured through the false, negative myths of aging that we have absorbed all our lives. We have never assessed these suppositions about age; we have just believed them and have been taken in by them hook, line and sinker! Believing all these negative myths about aging is a profound prejudice against our future selves and is profoundly harmful to our well-being
When God looked at Creation on the seventh day, God said, “It is good, very good.” God did not say, “The first forty years or so of human life are very good, but after that it is pretty much downhill”. This Chair Rocks releases – without ever using a religious context – the Gospel News that God ‘s creation of us is “good, very good”, not just for the first half of life but throughout the lifespan., Read it and it will turn your ideas of aging on their head! This is the good news that we should be preaching today in our works of mercy through word and example!