Thursday, June 8, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ In the Mirror


So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it's the sunrise.
~Robert Brault




I decided to save the subject of strength for another time and today write of embracing our individuality and uniqueness as women.

To begin, I have a challenge for you: the next time you pass by a mirror, would you please look ~ really look at yourself.

Who are you?

We, as women, wear so many different hats (or aprons, if you will) each day ~ wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, homemaker, and so on. Sometimes our creative selves gets lost in the process. And not only do they get lost at times but when we find them, do we allow ourselves to accept and affirm our uniqueness or do we submit to what others perceive us to be?

I have struggled for many years and I was who everyone wanted me to be. And let me tell you, it was exhausting! But when I finally did accept and affirm who I truly am, who God made me to be, I began to live with such happiness and purpose.

At times, I feel like a fish out of water, swimming upstream against the world's standards and culture. When I remember that I am (as each of you are) beautiful and gifted and unique as God made me, I am not a flounder of a fish but a beautiful colorful angel fish ~ colorful and vibrant.

When you take up the challenge and do look in the mirror, my hope is that you will see how unique and lovely you truly are. You are precious in God's sight.

This is the fourth post in my Aging Beautifully series. To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.

In this series on Aging Beautifully, I hope to touch on all aspects of beauty and how we can nurture beauty in our lives and ourselves. I hope that you will join me and celebrate our beauty within and without (not without without but rather on the outside).

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Beverly
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16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful world this would be if everyone saw how precious they are in God's eyes! I for one don't like taking a good look in the mirror. Too many wrinkles. :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Jann, those wrinkles are laugh & love lines. They are beautiful!

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  2. Thank you for another lovely post, Gina, in realizing how special and unique each of us is. Hopefully we keep trying to be the best version of ourselves.

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    1. Amen, Kitty. Every day is a new beginning to be our best. xo

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  3. It is hard to realize that our hearts and minds feel young, but our bodies don't look the same age as our hearts! A friend and I were just talking about that. Yet, as you have so beautifully shared, when we accept who we are, and are content with it, there is a sweet peace, joy and contentment that comes with knowing and accepting the fact that we are constantly changing, and still beautiful in God's eyes. I am enjoying your series :)

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn. So true that we feel young inside and not so much on the outside. ♥

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  4. What a beautifully worded post. Thank you.

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    1. You are welcome, Elizabeth. Thank you!

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  5. Such a lovely post, Gina! Life gets so busy we do forget to stop and reassess who we really are and who we really want to be. I think as I have grown older, I have come to accept myself more and appreciate who I have become, rather than try to be what society or others think I should be. That took me a long time. I am still working on it.....thank you for the wonderful inspiration today. xo Karen

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    1. Karen, you are very welcome. Learning to accept ourselves as we get older is such a gift. How I wish I had learned it years earlier.

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  6. Well said, indeed!
    Have a good weekend!

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  7. This is so true. When we are raising our family we put their needs first and enjoy what it means to be a mother and a wife. Then when we are older, we realize we have forgotten who we are and what our interests are too. At least that's how it was for me. Lovely series my friend. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. I agree. Now that the children have grown up, we can discover ourselves and our interests/gifts and nurture them! xo

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  8. I am learning more and more everyday to find the woman God made me and not the one I think I need to be, at times it seems easier than others but I feel I am getting there the older I get :)

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    1. Connie, I agree. What a gift it is to see ourselves as God does. ♥

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter