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June 11, 2010

Aging Gracefully by Down-Shifting



This week's Aging Beauty is Ellen Ross ( Ellen Louise Ross) who is 62 years old. Ellen’s 99-year mom and my mom are first cousins. Ellen is also the niece of Arthur who lived to be almost 102. When I was in 3rd grade I very excitedly was Ellen’s flower girl. Ellen is a loving mom to two almost-out-of-the–house boys. She is also a picture of naturalness and wholesomeness, and is an all around wonderful person who I have enjoyed spending time with over the years. I wish I saw her more.

When I first told Ellen about Lines of Beauty she wrote back and said that she is aging gracefully with wrinkles and gray hair- accentuated by putting out teenage fires at the age of 62.

I can relate!

She also wrote: “Things shift at mid-life if we can slow down enough to listen to that small voice within. Slowing down helps to enable us to listen to ourselves, and others as you so aptly referred to in your article about eating. Secondly, look for the positive in any situation and realize that every decade gets better!”

What every decade gets better?

I love this and so far I've found it’s true as well.

Lastly, Ellen recommends Dr. Christiane Northrup’s talk on Hayhouse Radio about the mid-life transition. “Apparently, our real selves and real voices begin to emerge to take care of ourselves", said Ellen.

Our real selves and real voices begin to emerge to take care of ourselves.

This is very important thing to remember and listen to I’d say.

It’s very comforting actually.

Thank you Ellen for sharing your great insights. XO

6 comments:

  1. I love this line, "Things shift at mid-life if we can slow down enough to listen to that small voice within." So true.

    Although I may struggle with some of the aspects of aging, the calm, confidence and deep self-respect that seem to grow with each year are the greastest blessings of my life. So, she must be right about each decade getting better!

    Oh, LOUISE! I love this corner of the web. :)

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  2. Thank you Aldra. I just love your corner of the web too. Reading your blog for the last year or so was one of my inspirations for Lines Of Beauty. Little did I know when I read your story in for Real Simple that it would lead me to you. Two conscious bloggers, one on the left coast and one on the right coast form a wonderful internet friendship :-)

    And I so agree with you that "the calm, confidence and deep self-respect that seem to grow with each year are the greastest blessings of my life."

    Therein lies the true beauty of aging.

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  3. Louise,

    Ellen is a beauty, no doubt! What a great line of genetics in your family!

    It is very true about each decade getting better!
    I found this to be true in every aspect of my life!
    I always tell others that I love my forties and would never want to look back and return to my youth for youths sake.

    It was a confusing time, a time of learning who I was and all that had to show up to get to this point of balance and love for self.

    Yes, there are many positive attributes with youth which include immense energy for life and pure innocence of what is ahead.

    The wisdom and truths about the purpose of life that I have acquired over the years have been life altering! I would never trade the wisdom for youth!

    When you are young you let your ego drive your thoughts and ideas.

    As you age you realize that the things you once thought were so important don't matter a single ounce!

    All that matters is to love yourself enough to just be exactly who you are!

    I am looking forward to the rest of my life through each decade to come!

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  4. "Calm, confidence, and deep self-respect" : how true and fabulous!

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  5. I'm constantly learning to love my real self and listen to my real voice. With each day it gets stronger...I'm so thankful for this beautiful circle of women to enhance this strength and keep us on course. Thank you Louise and Ellen!

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  6. Thank you to all of you!

    Maria I just have to rewrite what you said above:

    "As you age you realize that the things you once thought were so important don't matter a single ounce!"

    Makes me stop and wonder what I think might be important right now that really in the scope of things isn't...

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