Sunday, January 17, 2010

Inner Beauty

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

Inner beauty is one of those things that's hard to define. On the outside the body may be worn and aged, but upon closer inspection there's a different person that lives inside. She may be wrinkled and gray, even stooped or unable to get up from her chair without assistance anymore. But if you take the time to visit with her, she tells you of long ago when she picked blackberries and made pies for her children. She canned hundreds of jars of jelly and gave away tomatoes to all of her neighbors every year. There was never a time she was too tired to sing her children to sleep. She knows every word of the Old Rugged Cross. This little old woman stood proudly in line to vote when it was deemed a privilege not a burden. She lived through a War, scrimped and saved through a Depression but holds no grudge against anyone that she has ever met. All across the nation there are Senior Citizens living long lives in retirement homes, assisted living or nursing homes. They still have lots to share, they just need someone to listen.

13 comments:

  1. Sometimes we move to fast to find the treasure.

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  2. beautiful lady!!!!! love your post today, thanks!

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  3. WHAT A TOUCHING POST! I LOVE TO LOOK INTO AN OLDER WOMANS FACE..IT'S FUNNY BUT I DO NOT EVEN SEE THE WRINKLES! JUST THAT BEAUTIFUL SOUL, THAT BEAUTIFUL LIFE LIVED FOR OTHERS! MY MOTHER IN LAW IS 97, SHE'S NEVER BEEN MORE BEAUTIFUL! COME SAY HI :D

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  4. She is stunning! Thank you for sharing this beautiful woman with us, and inspiring us to become more like her!

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  5. I so love the faces of the extreme eldery. Lives lived so long surely have much to share with us.

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  6. What a precious lady. I'd love to sit and talk a spell with her.

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  7. Precious indeed, every wrinkle like a road on the map of her life. I just love this sweet post, and absolutely adore her picture. So sweet.
    ♥ Teresa

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  8. This was a precious post with an important reminder. The older I get I need to remember where my true beauty comes from.

    Have a great week!

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  9. So much can be learned if one just listens...

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  10. Does Julie know she's shouting???

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  11. When my Daddy was very ill with Alz I taped a photo of him, as a vibrant young man in his prime, to his bed. I wanted the nurses to realize who they were dealing with. We forget that the old have not always been old.

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  12. It's funny! I'm that person who love to ask questions especially to the elderly. So..whenever I met my aunts, I love asking them funny questions and there we go...may their stories begin! I always amazed by their live time stories.

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