Radio TranscriptSusan:Hello I'm Susan Diamond, they call me Chief of Pray, and I'm one of the women of Prayables.com, an online prayer community for women of all faiths, and I am here with my girlfriend, Debbie Winton.Debbie:Hey Susan Diamond.Susan:Hey there Debbie. We're going to be talking about aging gracefully and what we can accomplish after 40. You and I are both far beyond the other side of 40, is there anything left to accomplish?Debbie:Do you have to stress far beyond the other side of 40? But the answer is a resounding yes. I talked to you before about not thinking in terms of age, and I really do think it makes a difference.Susan:Well get in on the conversation, audience. Whether you're listening on the Prayables.com website or on blog talk radio, talk back and we'll respond. To read today's blog, prayer and transcript from the show visit and you can type in 'getting better' in the search box on the upper right side of the page. We put a book on by Jane Goodall, You're not Getting Older, You're Getting Better, because that's the name of our blog talk today.Debbie:And you know I really do feel that you can be young in your heart and young in your spirit without being silly about it. I mean you can be a great age and embrace that age wherever you are. So I'm looking forward to talking about this with you.Susan:Well I also have to say anohter way to stay young is to just hang around a lot of older people or people a lot older than you.Debbie:It does help, I'm married to a man who is 10 years older and I remind him of it every day.Susan:And since your a whole 2 years older than me I'm not going to remind you of it.Debbie:Thank you, I appreciate it.Susan:Well what I'm going to do is I'm going to share some selections from my blog, we'll talk, and then we'll finish up with a highly motivating prayer and it's called "Machinery" by Abigail Wurdeman and it's just beautiful. So I also want to start with a little bit of a shameless bug and we'll talk about it a little later in the show but I'm really excited about our new book, Personal Peace, so that "Machinery" is one sample of the prayer poetry that you'll find in Personal Peace: Prayers for Women of All FaithsDebbie:I have to tell you Susan, I gave that book to somebody as a grab bag in an office Christmas party yesterday, she didn't know that it was from me and she made a comment to the whole group about the incredible gift that she received from her Christmas angel. So I thought I'd share that with you because it really is a great book.Susan:Oh you angel! I love that.Debbie:I'm happy to share it with you. And I am excited to talk to you about this really interesting topic today, so why don't you share your thoughts from your blog and then we'll chat about it.Susan:Okay, well here's the concept; Jane Goodall said she had 40 years of succes, and a lot of what she accomplished she wouldn't have been able to do when she was younger. You know who Jane is; she is that conservationist lady with the chimpanzees.Debbie:Yes, lived with the gorillas.Susan:Lived with the gorillas, she's my kind of woman. What I wanted to talk about is after 40, with 40 years of succes she accomplished so much after 40 years old. Now tell me what's on your list? Why do you think you're better at 56 than you were at 26?Debbie:Well you know I think this is such an interesting concept. I think this original thought came up when I shared with you about somebody who asked me that exact question. I thought that was a really interesting concept and I think what we usually think about is what is limiting to us at a certain age. And when I really sat down to think about, I thought to me it's not necessarily what is limiting, but what I can do now that I couldn't do at a younger age. So some of the things that I shared with you, as I'm doing today, that I can wear my hair curly and I can feel confident, it doesn't upset me like it used to. One of the wonderful things is that I can be clear and honest when I'm communicating, I think I always marked my words and communicated according who I was talking to, and I communicated more clearly and honestly now which I find very freeing.