I received many wonderful comments after my previous Viewpoints piece, [Advanced Aliveness means rethinking aging, Feb. 15]was published, so I’m offering a short follow-up:

A friend of mine, Jonathan, offered three additional benefits of Advanced Aliveness.

“Always be a mensch.”

(A mensch is a Yiddish word describing a person of integrity and honor.)

“We follow the Golden Rule.

(Matt. 7:12, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

“We clean up our messes, both literally and figuratively.”

Let’s stop thinking about the gathering of years as decline and loss. The mind and heart can experience rebirth. Let’s accumulate more aliveness.

Karen Muriello
Oak Park

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