The VOICE of Inspiration

By Don Lindsey.

One of the wonderful things about having my parents living with us is the fact that as they age, we’re here to help with some of the stuff that is harder for them to accomplish now at 86 years old.  Besides that, I’m learning a lot about how to age gracefully.

For one, I’m learning that it’s not easy.  At my age, I’m already feeling the basic aches and pains one gets rolling out of bed in the morning.  I’m also finding that I don’t have nearly the energy that I used to have when it comes to staying active throughout the day and when I look at my mother and see how happy she is every day, I get a little embarrassed because I’m half her age and I don’t handle getting older as well as she has for the last 40 years or so.

When I think of her mother, I get a little more ashamed because that lady was the epitome of aging with grace.  I can still remember warming up for a little league baseball game and looking towards the parking lot to see this little old lady, with a big straw hat and a lawn chair heading towards the baseball diamond to watch her grandson. What’s more remarkable is that a few of those times she wasn’t feeling well because she had battled skin cancer and being out in the sun was not a good thing for her but despite that, she threw on her big floppy hat and came out to watch me play anyway.  When I’m looking for an example of what getting old looks like, I hope that I’m half the person that she was.

My father is an example that I try to follow as well. He’s been through a preverbal hell in the last year with his health and massive changes to his life and those he is close to and yet every day, he’s looking to keep moving forward.  He has always been an example to follow as far as eating right, exercising, and staying in the best shape possible.  Even with his two hospital stays this year, he’s still in better shape than I am and now that he’s starting to turn the corner from a health standpoint, he’s looking to laser spine surgery to correct his back pain so that he can get the most out of his life without hurting.

There are many other examples that I’m looking to follow the older I get, but the main thing I want to remember is that every day is a gift. If I can do that and stay in the moment, then maybe I’ll find the same success that my mother, father, and grandmother have shown me throughout my life.  For me, it comes down to knowing that aging is mandatory, but as I’ve learned from the elderly people in my life, aging gracefully is a choice.

Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community.


  1. Well Don, the idea of aging with grace is a wonderful thing, especially when your husband or wife is capable of aging along with you. Love each other and treat your darling with dignity and great love while you can my young friend for soon enough comes the day when one way or another you will say goodby in this life. Laugh, enjoy the sunshine, feel the rain on your face, run your fingers through her hair, whisper love into her ear and enjoy. Blessings pal, Chaz

    • Indeed. I’ve been blesed to have the perfect person for me in Tammy and we spend a lot of time just being grateful for the blessings that the Lord has given us. God bless you and yours Chuck!

  2. Donnie, Dr. Phil always talks about pivotal moments in your life, and a pivotal moment in my life was when my mom and I was shopping one day, back when she was still alive, and we went to the register to pay for my clothes that I had picked out to buy, and the lady cashier asked me for my senior citizen discount card, and I was like WHAT? I was stunned, to say the least, as well as insulted big time! I was only 32 years old at that time! We paid for our purchases, and left, and as I drove my mom and I home, I ranted all the way home, and for days about it. I told my mom, I’m not old! My mom however, never had such a great laugh in her life! I told her it wasn’t funny, and that how could that stupid lady even think that I was a senior citizen, at my age? My mom responded by laughing even harder. I got over it, after awhile, and my mom said that I should be glad that I will get a senior citizen discount, when I am older, and I wasn’t buying it, at all, but it is true, I do enjoy my senior discounts now…..LOL. Another time, I bought some wrinkle remover, that I just knew would make me look better, that you apply under your makeup, and it stated it would last for 24 hours, and so I put it on, under my makeup foundation, got ready to go out, and it wasn’t 30 minutes, until my mom and my husband said, ” you better go look in the mirror”, and so I did, and OMG, there was white stuff peeling off all over my face, and they both laughed themselves half to death, and I was the source of their great humor. It happens… so they say, and you know what I mean. Donnie, you and your parents will be just fine aging along life’s journey, it is just that there are “pivotal moments” in everyone’s lives, you just have to suck it up, and move on………


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