The Sufis say that real truth is always spoken with love. Can we approach ourselves with kindness, may we be loving and gentle with ourselves, with our clumsiness, with our slowness to change, with our habits, with our tender hearts?……Wayne Muller
‘they’ say aging gracefully requires a lot of humor and a new kind of humility…..maybe it’s more about stepping up our authenticity, shifting into a new pace that fits changing needs and daring to live out a dream or two…..to live the flaws as if they were finely aged jewels…
Pat explained to me that as she aged she began to identify with an old, flawed bowl of her mother’s, seeing her life reflected in it. She said, ‘It’s like me. I’ve got some definite character marks from life, too.’ It’s true- life marks us both externally and interiorly if we really live it. Flaws and inadequacies come with the territory of being human. My flaws are some of my greatest treasures, like grains of sand in oyster shells that must grate and irritate to become pearls. My imperfections keep my ego in check. They help me to be more understanding and compassionate with the inadequacies of others. They also give me the opportunity to continue to grow and change. Many times my inadequacies are what give the real flavor to my life. Accepting our less-than-perfect selves is one of those big hurdles that we need to face to mature on the spiritual path. While it is essential for us to continually grow into more loving persons, it is equally important for us to value and accept who we are……Joyce Rupp
Am I no longer young,
and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still
and learning to be astonished.