Soul Beauty

beautiful-insideWhat could be more lovely than inner beauty of a life well lived, developed through years of experience? Think of all the funny stories, the heartaches, the worries, and the triumphs that reside in the hearts of older folks. I once had an older friend who used to say, “We’re all the same age on the inside.” It’s true. As I get older, I realize I still feel the same as when I was a teenager. Sure, I’m not physically able to do all the things I could then. But I can do some things now that I couldn’t as a younger person, like listen with more empathy because I’ve already walked in those shoes. I can hold things more loosely because I know there’s infinitely more value in things that can’t be held.

So if you’re on the aging end of the timeline, celebrate all you’ve gained through the years, like a deeper faith, an understanding heart, more patience. And if you’re just getting started on that timeline, look up to and admire the older folks in your life. They’re beautiful and timeless in ways you can’t be without living all those years.

Linda

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4 Responses to Soul Beauty

  1. I love your statement that we’re all the same age inside. Many years ago I found that to be true. This was a lovely post to celebrate aging.

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  2. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    This article reminds me of a passage from scripture: Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God (Titus 2:3-5 NIV).
    When I first read it many years ago, I wondered where all those older women were when I needed them. A few years later, I realized I was now an older woman, and I needed to model kindness and integrity and common sense and pure living.
    I hope I am.

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  3. Linda Carlblom says:

    Great perspective, Andrea. We do have that responsibility as we grow older.

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