Aging Gracefully

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Aging Gracefully
Seasons of Beauty

by Madisyn Taylor

As we cultivate our life,
our beauty becomes as
much about what we are
creating and doing as it is
about our appearance.

We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the
truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just
as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages
—from its full leafy green in the summer to its
naked skeleton during winter and everything in
between—human beings are beautiful
throughout their life spans.

The early years of our lives tend to be about
learning and experiencing as much as we
possibly can. We move through the world like
sponges, absorbing the ideas of other people
and the world. Like a tree in spring, we are
waking up to the world. In this youthful phase
of life, our physical strength, youth, and beauty
help open doors and attract attention.
Gradually, we begin to use the information we
have gathered to form ideas and opinions of
our own. As we cultivate our philosophy about
life, our beauty becomes as much about what
we are saying, doing, and creating as it is about
our appearance. Like a tree in summer, we
become full, expressive, beautiful, and
productive.

When the time comes for us to let go of the
creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree
in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our
past attachments and preparing for a new
phase of growth. The children move on, and
careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the
stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful
testaments to the fullness of our experience. In
the winter of our lives, we become stripped
down to our essence like a tree. We may
become more radiant than ever at this stage,
because our inner light shines brighter through
our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age
comes from the very core of our being—our
essence. This essence is a reminder that there
is nothing to fear in growing older and that
there is a kind of beauty that comes only after
one has spent many years on earth.

Source:
The Daily OM

Xoxo Rev. Donna

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