Friday, February 17, 2006

Soul Wrinkles

Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American Military General

Time works its torture upon our bodies, but nothing ages from the inside out quite as quickly or completely as hopelessness. Medical science can correct the ravages of age to some degree. But the soul is a different matter altogether; we control the damage done and its healing. The ability to avoid future punctures that will only deflate our spirit and wrinkle our soul is inside each of us.
Sometimes it is hidden under a pile of debris shoveled by someone or many someone's into space belonging to you simply because their heaps were overflowing. Sometimes it is camouflaged by baggage that you packed tight and stacked without noticing its mountainous height. Whatever its covering consists of, the only tools needed to reveal its location is belief of its existence and determination to reorganize the place things are stored and how they are gathered.
At first you will be kept busy sorting out what is yours and what is not then the time to return to sender will dawn. Once everything carried is something you own it is time to examine what still fits and what you have out-grown, out-lived, or out-smarted. You will be shocked by the decrease in the load you carry once all those things are accomplished. Then from this point on, just pack with forethought and keep contact with shoveling people to a bare minimum.
Age with grace internally and improve your external appearance naturally. Hopelessness does not need to be a terminal condition. Nothing inspires a spring in your step or an unforgettable smile upon your face faster than an unwrinkled soul dressed in a positive attitude.