92-Year-Old's Poem About Aging Is Beautifully Liberating
Growing old can make us feel a variety of ways. Some feel excited and joyful, where others feel depressed and scared. 92-year-old, Wanda B. Goines, realized this and wanted to share her feelings. She encourages us all to see the beauty within and not the wrinkles on our skin or the weakness in our bones. Her poem 'The Gift Wrap & The Jewel," remind us about what's important.
The beautiful poem was recorded by Wanda's caregiver. It has taken the internet by storm and inspires everyone who hears it.
"She is not long for this earth, and it delights her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as all those who know her and love her, that she is able to make a contribution to the world, even as she is leaving it," her son David said.
Below are the beautiful words to "The Gift Wrap & The Jewel:"
"I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection,
How did you get there?"
You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak, when I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, you’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift-wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen, and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift-wrap’s stripped away your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity"