One of the advantages of aging is that we have the opportunity to gain perspective. The passage of time, the ability to gaze at our life’s journey through the rearview mirror, often enables us to cultivate a sense of priorities, to truly appreciate life’s precious, often fleeting, moments. And, sometimes, what seems relatively mundane in our lives can be a great teacher. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” That’s what we hear from John Walsh.
John Walsh is a partner in the East Greenwich-based communications firm, Walsh & Associates. He writes a monthly Op-Ed column for the Providence Journal, which published an earlier version of this essay. Walsh shares essays and observations at johnwalshcopy.com.