These four components do not come naturally to everyone, so the question arises, can we learn to grow old well? Marie de Hennezel believes that we can indeed transform. She tells us that, even for those who have not loved life, a new awakening is possible. ‘Each crisis is the chance for change’.
We need to work on ourselves by focusing on the positives and maintaining a network of friends. We may have bereavements to endure and questions to ask, but growing old positively must be earned, which ‘demands courage and heart, only then will we be open to learning new things’.
Robert Dilts, Changing Beliefs with NLP, Meta Publications, Cupertino, 1990.
‘The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body From Rusting’ by Marie de Hennezel ‘Keys to a happy old age’ pg 132 to 145