Margot Benary-Isbert - lovely thoughts on growing older....

Published by: Jackie H on 3rd Jan 2018 | View all blogs by Jackie H

" Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Amen ”
~ Margot Benary-Isbert....



  • Sandy H
    by Sandy H 6 months ago
    Very profound and gives food for thought

    Thank you Jackie
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 6 months ago
    This is so lovely Jackie; and as Sandy says, also profound, but also amusing! Thank you for sharing... :)
  • Bill W
    by Bill W 6 months ago
    It's all been said Jackie, thank you
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 6 months ago
    I posted this more for the amusement factor but it does have a serious message as well...and yes, things we can hold our hands up to that we have done or said these same things, I sure have and guess I still very much do, or so I have recently been reminded by the person I live with...
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 6 months ago
    I find that going deaf can become quite an advantageous affliction - as I grow older..... :)
  • Jackie H
    by Jackie H 6 months ago
    Mary, you just reminded me of an uncle I once had, he only had one eye and was well known in Watford, especially round the pubs..he was a character...My late father would always ask him if he wanted a pint, of which he would answer yes, then father would laugh and say, he if deaf but he has no trouble hearing the word pint...
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 6 months ago
    I think it's called 'selective deafness' Jackie, and I find it can be quite a help in life..... :)

    Your uncle sounds like a real character..... :)
  • josee  a
    by josee a 6 months ago
    Jackie, I have this on a little card which I think I bought in a cathedral somewhere, useful to bear some of these things in mind!
  • Maureen W
    by Maureen W 5 months ago
    A friend phoned me to say he was thrilled with his new hearing aids, they were so useful when he took the batteries out!
  • Mary B
    by Mary B 5 months ago
    Your friend has a wonderfully wicked sense of humour Maureen.... :)
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