To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent--that is to triumph over old age.
Amos Bronson Alcott
We reflect externally what is happening internally; our profiles are pinched or softened in perfect measure with our attitudes and natures. The older we are the more wrinkled our canvas gets, but hopefully we are more skilled at applying colors and tones that are ageless.
Hope is essential to quality of life, no matter your situation, station, or age. We all need it to accomplish more than simple survival. Hope for a better tomorrow has gotten me through many a bad day and I 'spect it will get me through many more before their total number is spent.
Kindness is a gentle thing, expanding whomever it touches, while returning a joy beyond expression to the giver. The openness required to perform a kindness soften our sharpest edge, creating a glow that everyone can see.
A cheerful nature soothes soul deep, brightening even the darkest corner. Smiles are fountains, frowns are drains; the former makes pretty lines, while the latter digs deep wrinkles. Laughter feeds every layer and is an ageless undertaking. Nobody is ever too young or too old to deserve its special comfort, which heals as it flows.
One of the most reverent things you can do is validate your right to a happy life. Knowing yourself well enough to understand who you are and who you hope to become is an almost spiritual journey that anyone can make. If you want to really cheat old age stay young inside, childlike in nature, and true to yourself.
THINK ABOUT IT
LET IT GROW
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