July 30, 2010

Aging Gracefully with Random Acts of Kindness


This week’s Beauty of the Week is Martha Corey Fiore who is 49 years old. Martha and I met when we were in junior high. I remember that she was sweet and kind and lived on a farm in a great old house and had several older sisters. My memory was that her life was full of wholesomeness and down-to-earth goodness. We lost touch over the years but it’s great to be reconnected again thanks to Facebook.

Martha has this to share about growing older:

I think I have finally grown into my skin. I like my freckles! They reflect where the sun has kissed my skin and I like my smile lines, they are a reflection of laughter. I like the pink areas on my cheeks; they add natural color. I like my grays; they add highlights to my blonde hair! There was a time when I covered all of the above. I even had some sunspots removed! No more! I celebrate my skin, my face, my body, imperfections and all. I make light of my memory; it's not what it used to be. It's OK, worth a good laugh!

I am a nurturer and love to empower others. I do this in my personal and professional life. I am now nurturing myself. Taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually is so critical. Love who you are; you can change what you don't like. But only change something for you, not anyone else. We loose ourselves in caring for our families; it's our time now.

Be the first to smile at people. It is contagious; people can't help but smile back and it is such a high.

Kindness and love is like a circle; the more you do for others, the more they want to do for you. The more they do for you, the more you want to do for them. And so the circle goes...

Do something everyday for someone and don't get found out. Just reap the benefits of random acts of kindness. Pay the toll for the person behind you. Imagine their pleasure when they arrive at it, and find someone paid it for them.

Yes, I am comfortable in my skin. It's taken 49 years!

Great words of wisdom Martha.

Thank you sweet aging beauty :-)

3 comments:

  1. I wanted to tell you Martha that I know someone who met her husband because of her random act of kindness at a tollbooth. Sweet!

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  2. A great choice again Louise and some very good wisdom from Martha. I may have to get rid of EZ Pass and just time my commutes to be in line behind you Martha.

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  3. "Love who you are; you can change what you don't like." Great advice! I'm also learning that once you love who you are, the drive to change isn't so strong. Acceptance and 'working with what you've got' seem to come easier the older I get.

    Anyhoo--I love the kindness and warmth of this lovely beauty! Fantastic.

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