Look for the Moon in the Morning, is a collection of inspirational essays written especially for women by Leda Sanford , while she was the editorial director of Get Up & Go!, the magazine for women living anew .
The magazine received more than 100,000 requests for a brochure featuring a sampling of these essays - which attests to the widespread appeal of Leda's message.
These essays express her philosophy that it's never too late to recreate ourselves, to explore new horizons and to enhance the quality of our lives.
Instead of giving in to stereotypes, make your own definitions.
Do you remember when it was accepted knowledge that once a woman had a baby she would lost her girlish figure, and after two or three children—well, as they say in New York, fuhgedaboudit. Yet today we see women with flat tummies and great bodies pushing baby carriages or lugging a couple of children. They’re trim and in shape.
When did that previously accepted idea get rejected as erroneous and become an untruth? It happened in the late ’60s and ’70s, from my recollection, when women first began to refuse to accept the loss of control over their bodies simply because society told them that flabbiness was an inevitability. They simply refused to resign themselves to what former generations had quietly accepted.
We are at that same place today when it comes to aging. More and more people refuse to accept that aging is synonymous with disease and despair. We just won’t believe this. And because we won’t, and are willing to use every means possible to maintain our vigor, vitality, and vision of life, we are the pathfinders who are redefining the essence of the good life by showing that aging is part of it. The good life is not defined by the boundary of whatever age you are—60, 70, 80. it is essentially defined by YOU, your attitude, your mentality, your spirit, and your commitment to quality of life right to the end.
New standards of health, behavior, and excellence are providing us with the motivation to maintain ourselves; they also remove the need to apologize for how old we are. Examples of other people who seem to defy the old rules of life also provide us with inspiration to do likewise. Consequently, there are no excuses for letting ourselves go or for giving in to bad habits. Those habits, harmful to body, mind, and spirit, are the true source of the decline and deterioration that aging has been blamed for. The only apologies we should make are for not being as good as we can be, no matter how old we are.