Listening to every heart
how do you handle finally
being old beyond any delusion of being young, still strong, pretty?
...as well deserved.
There is a lot to be said of the elderly...so many of them/us are still quite able to produce as much if not more in the way of a good work day; we have been through the gamut in many ways and came out on the other side, scathed, perhaps, but still whole.
I have been watching the Pope, remember him as the man who went into the office, a strong leader...and whose mind is still very sharp...look at the languages he knows, and continues to learn...look at the fact that he "reads two books every day" and look at the fact at how many people revere him...
I am not Catholic. But to have a leader such as this Pope do so well over such a lifetime...is to know in many ways, a small miracle.
I had once hoped that "young, pretty" was something that applied to me, but I never saw it. And then it went so rapidly, that I knew I would rather be "older, wiser" and while I don't mind what other people do to their bodies [everyone has to earn a living, even plastic surgeons] I doubt you will ever see me so vain as to opt for plastic surgery to obtain an illusion. I would rather that the mind be sharp, the compassion, fine, the welcome, warm. I came to visit the person...not just the face...