MARY BAKER EDDY: “Age is no barrier to achieving”

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What happens around the middle years of a normal, healthy life?

In The Connection this week, Assistant District Manager Melvyn Howe has blogged on his experience which shows a midlife crisis is by no means a foregone conclusion.  The midlife years can be stepping stones to renewal. He also points to scientific research suggesting his experience is becoming the rule rather than the exception.

You can read about it in Midlife crisis? How about midlife opportunity!


Over the centuries many extraordinary individuals have proved how their later years can be more productive  than their younger days.

Irish Sunday World columnist Father Brian D’Arcy CP made the same point recently  with a piece about “late bloomers” and “senior achievers”.

The Enniskillen-based Passionist priest, a noted author, broadcaster and preacher, listed an eclectic mix of luminaries to illustrate his point.

They include McDonalds founder Ray Crock, painter Grandma Moses, astronaut John Glenn (who encouragingly returned to space at 77) and Tony Bennett, who has just topped the US album charts for the first time in his 85-year career..

The County Fermanagh cleric, who is Rector of St. Gabriel’s Retreat, the Graan, said:

During the last century, life expectancy has increased by an average of 30 years. More people are seeing the golden years as a time of new beginnings and not just sudden endings.


Another of the “late bloomers” pinpointed by Father Brian is Mary Baker Eddy. He recalled  how she :

founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, at the age of 56 and began publishing The Christian Science Monitor at 88.

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In fact Eddy’s  achievements began at the very time midlife crises are supposed to strike and followed on the heels of an incident which could have been an end-of-life crisis in what, hindsight records, were her midlife years.

She had a dramatic recovery from severe internal injuries that hadn’t been reached by conventional means, following an accident.

The means of her recovery?  An incisive spiritual insight.

The follow-through from that moment of spiritual clarity and its therapeutic consequence? A life devoted to articulating what she had discerned by writing Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and forming an innovative education system.

The results of doing so?  Millions of lives touched by her ideas and their health-giving impetus while she was alive, in the century since her passing in 1910, and still today…

That’s as good a proof as any that saying “no” to the commonly held belief that mid-life is a peak followed by an inevitable downhill slope can lead to scaling new heights.

Indeed, Mary Baker Eddy and other later achievers show us how it can be (joyfully!) uphill all the way.

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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