- Aging & Longevity
Beauty Before Aging
We are all born beautiful. Really, think about it. Have you ever seen a newborn baby who wasn't beautiful? Perfect skin, rosy complexion, and a face everyone falls in love with at sight. As babies we were admired for our smiles and our loving dispositions. Innocence makes us beautiful. As toddlers we were admired for our joy of life and our laughter is often considered beautiful.
Does this beauty stay with us or do we drive it away? Does beauty come before aging? There is definitely beauty in youth so the answer would be yes, beauty comes before aging, but does aging preclude beauty? As we age do we lose beauty or do we gain more? Does our love of life and appreciation of what we have add to our beauty? Are we able to really see the beauty in life and the beauty in aging? Beauty has many faces and comes in many forms.
Presents a year of daily meditations on aging and personal devlopment. Excerpt from the book, "...take pleasure from your daily activities, think of your life as meaningful..."
Beauty in Aging
Aging certainly does not preclude beauty! As we grow older we face challenges we never dreamed of in our youth. We learn to cope with whatever life throws our way and hopefully it makes us stronger inside. Our life experiences add to our beauty, the beauty not only physical, but internal. The Mona Lisa is considered a beautiful painting of a beautiful woman and yet, it is difficult to see the physical beauty in her face. Part of her beauty is the mystery surrounding her and her enigmatic smile. Could, therefore, smiling add beauty to an aging woman?
While we find tree saplings cute or pretty, nothing compares to a full-grown tree! One with its stately branches and leaves, surrounding itself with natural beauty. What of the rose? A rosebud is a delicate and beautiful thing, but as the rose opens and it's petals reach full bloom, the true beauty of the flower shows itself. As we grow and our personalities branch out or open up, we add beauty to ourselves and our life. Our beauty is there for others to see, so yes, we do gain beauty as we age. A beauty of true self.
It is the beauty of aging and maturing. The beauty of knowing we have led a good life and done good things in our life.
Betty White and President Obama
Beauty of Roses
Beauty of Aging
Remember being fifteen and wanting to be eighteen, or being eighteen and wanting to be twenty-one? In our youth, we look forward to age and yet sometimes fear it when it comes. Aging is the normal process we all face but we can keep beauty as we age. Have you seen the actress, Betty White lately? She just celebrated her ninety-first birthday and her smile rivals the Mona Lisa. She is an actress who has not tried to hide her age but has reveled in it and continues to just beam with happiness. You can always see the twinkle in her eye. Is there a twinkle in your eye?
Signs of grace and beauty in aging are all around us. Mother Theresa working in Calcutta exuded a beautiful countenance....her love for her work and fellow man was always so evident, making her beautiful. The joy in what she was doing gave her confidence. Do you have confidence in yourself and what you are doing?
Did your mother ever tell you to "act your age"? Maybe that is what it takes to make you beautiful, acting your age no matter what that age may be. Beauty may come before aging but it doesn't leave with aging, but grows as we let it. When a sixty year old tries to look like a twenty year old she only lessens her beauty. Too much makeup, clothes meant for younger women, things that do not fit in with her age. A man trying to emulate his youth going out night after night looking for something he may never find, only making himself tired and probably irritable. Revel in what you have, do not look for things are gone. There is no need to envy youth because youth will age and if they do not understand the beauty in others they will lose the beauty in themselves.
Have you ever seen an ugly grandmother? No way. Every grandmother is beautiful. The warmth in her smile and the love in her eyes makes her beautiful. No matter your skin color or the number of wrinkles on your face, inner beauty makes you beautiful.
We all know you have to exercise and eat healthy to keep your body young, but what about your mind and spirit? It needs to be fed too. Feed your mind and spirit with love and laughter. Never be afraid to help others or extend yourself. There's beauty in aging, its up to you to find it.
Appreciate what you have and what you've learned. Learn to "go with the flow" and take things in stride. Nature has given you a chance to use your knowledge and experience to make you better and the better you are, and the better you feel, the more beautiful you are.
I'm not saying women should stop wearing makeup, but maybe wear less. Use your makeup to brighten your face, not hide all that is there. Let your skin breathe and be beautiful. Oh, I know, you're scratching your head and thinking I'm crazy, but remember, some things you just can't hide so why even try? Your inner beauty doesn't fade or change, beauty before aging, beauty while you age, and everlasting beauty of spirit.
Celebrate the beauty around you
Probably an odd song to choose, but Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" makes some very good points. She says, in the song, that her Mama told her we are all born superstars. What a wonderful thought. We ARE all born superstars, maybe not on the screen or in music, but in what God gave us and how we live our lives.
"I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way"
We are all beautiful at birth and remain beautiful if we just let ourselves be beautiful. Beauty before aging? Yes. Beauty as we age? Yes. Beauty in aging? Yes. Being positive and loving ourselves and who we are. Appreciating the beauty around us everyday. The rose, the hummingbird, the clouds in the sky...so much to appreciate.
Giving of ourselves to others, showing tenderness and understanding for those who need it, helping when our help is needed, ways to increase our inner beauty. The more we increase our inner beauty, the more beautiful we become. Always smiling, no matter how we feel or what we're thinking, sharing that warm smile with everyone we see. Everyone is beautiful!
Keep that beauty you were born with, never let it fade.
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