August 06, 2010

Aging Gracefully with Honor

This week's Beauty of the Week is Marlou Russell who is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping people understand the lifelong impact of adoption. Marlou (Margaret Louise) has a private practice in Santa Monica, CA, is a lecturer, and is also the author of the well received book Adoption Wisdom.

Marlou has this to share with us about aging gracefully:

I love being in my 50s! I worry less and appreciate more. I know that listening to my intuition steers me in the right direction, and I trust that life will take me where I need to go.

I love having gray in my hair, not wearing make-up, and wearing flats.

Looking back I can see that my life experiences have melded together to form the person I am, the profession I chose, and the kind of life I am leading.

I have been led to celebrating my age by having wonderful women in my life who embraced their gray, their wrinkles, their foibles, and their wisdom. These amazing people showed me the value of personal stories, the spunkiness in speaking one’s mind, and the connection that occurs when someone listens.

I attempt to honor these women by living my life as they lived theirs – by being in the present moment, staying true to myself, and remembering that a kind deed is not soon forgotten.

Thank you Marlou for your wonderful words of wisdom.