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Page 10 • Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 Excelsior • Shorewood sailor.mnsun.com Mind, Spirit August Issue Discovering The Mature Lifestyle Aug. 16 , 201 8 A time for soul searching When I was a little kid growing up in Kansas, the night-time airwaves were dominated by a tiny radio station in Del Rio, Texas. During the daytime, the station operated below the radar; but at night, it overwhelmed compet- ing stations in several states. I listened to it every night huddled beneath the covers. The trademark of the station was selling stuff to listeners. One of the most popular items up for sale was a life-size statue of Jesus Christ that glowed in the dark. That was an image that haunted me late at night. To some, I’m sure the statue was a cherished religious icon. But it scared the bejeebers out of me. My worst nightmare was waking up in the mid- dle of the night to see a glowing Jesus standing by my bed. But this was the beginning of a cu- riosity about the spiritual side of life, BOB RAMSEY Guest columnist St. Louis Park resident Bob Ramsey is a lifelong educator, freelance writer and advocate for vital aging. He can be reached at 952-922-9558 or by email at joyrammini@comcast.net. which eventually led to questions about a higher power, religion, the church, the meaning of life and this thing we call the “soul.” At some level, most of us have such questions which we revisit periodically. But we seldom dwell on them very long. After all, our youthful years are de- voted primarily to growing and learn- ing. And our adult years are spent largely on developing our families and careers. By the third act of life, howev- er, it’s time to get serious about things of the spirit. Pierre De Chardin explains that “We are not human beings having a spiri- tual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” That’s why some authors and theologians suggest the later years are a good time to take an MRI of the soul. It’s a time to settle on what we really believe and don’t believe and to get our spiritual house in order (with or without the aid of illuminated statuary). Eventually, most seniors make peace with their doubts, questions and fears. To assist in our soul-searching, French novelist George Sand urged us to, “Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.” I like that idea, but I’m not sure I k