Hmmmm. Jamie Ridler has done it again with a Wishcast prompt that has me imagining my beautiful self as I age with grace…
How do you wish to grow older?
Some days I feel a LOT older than I’d like. Up until fairly recently, I still felt like I was in my 20’s, not the 45ish years I’ve spent on this earth. Recently, I’ve felt all of those 45 years and they can feel painful and heavy, but they can also feel like great experience, accomplished, etc.
The picture I have in my mind of growing older, and so the answer to the question “How do you wish to grow older?”, is:
– in/with grace (love that word!!)
– in joy
– in anticipation
– in health
– in faith
– living my best life!
The simple rose, at each moment of its slow blossoming is as open as it can be. The same is true of our lives. In each stage of our unfolding, we are as stretched as possible. For the human heart is quite slow to blossom, and is only seen as lacking when compared to the imagined lover or father or mother we’d like to become.
It helps to see ourselves as flowers. If a flower were to push itself open, which it can’t, it would tear. Yet we humans can and often do push ourselves too much. Often we tear in places no one can see. When we push ourselves to unfold faster or more deeply than is natural for us, we thwart ourselves. For nature takes time, and most of our problems stem from impatience. – Mark Nepo
Many knotted and crooked trees reach old age, naturally perfect, because they are useless to the house builder.- Chungliang al Huang and Jerry Lynch
– Mentoring, the TAO of Giving and Receiving Wisdom
Compared to the age of the Universe, you are new to Nature. No one can really predict to what heights you might soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings. – Gil Atkinson