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Published:June 27th, 2013 14:37 EST

"gOLD" Nuggets: Reverend Kay Hunter Speaks Out About Spirituality and Religion

By Harry J. Getzov

Reverend Kay Hunter (82) -- Carrollton, Texas

revkay_1 "I`m pretty sure it`s what I came here to work on -- on this planet -- this time."

Teacher, advertising executive and, at interview time, senior minister at the Cathedral of Light in Carrollton, Texas, "Reverend Kay" has done a lot of things in her life, or "on this go-round," as she likes to put it. At 82, she was still active in her community, running her church and grooming one of her daughters to continue her good works.
A nugget of wisdom to pass along to others . . .

"It`s important to love yourself, because if we don`t love ourselves, then we try to love a God that we don`t know -- I mean really know, in any kind of form. We try to love other people in form, but you can`t give anybody, not even God, something that you don`t recognize within yourself. So if I say, for example, I love you, but I don`t love me, I`m pretending to love you so you`ll love me back, and, well, it  just doesn`t work," Kay said, smiling. "And I think people have trouble with this because they don`t want to look within and take responsibility for their actions. They want somebody else to blame or to be the one who proffered their success to them. They don`t want to look at the healing power, the loving, divine and healing power within themselves. And they don`t want to love unconditionally. And yet unconditional love is the only love there really is, when you think about it."

Kay believes that her particular special gift is her absolute unconditional love of people. " It hasn`t always been that way, but I`m pretty sure it`s what I came here to work on, on this planet this time. The truth is, even though I`ve always loved people, in the past I wanted something back from them; I wanted them to love me. Because I didn`t love me, it was difficult for me to feel that anybody else loved me."

Harry J. Getzov is the founder of Eldercation -- an organization committed to changing the way our culture views aging and older people. He is also the author of the award-winning book, "gOLD - The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations." Follow Eldercation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and check out Harry`s blog, "Taking The Scenic Route," and his newest project, "My Long Story Short."