Look for the Moon in the Morning


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.

Excerpt from Look for the Moon in the Morning

The Art of Living Is the Art of Aging

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 

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