I was about to shave this morning
when I caught my reflection in the mirror.
There was no doubt about it.
My body was growing older.
My formerly thick hair
which used to be brown with a touch of gray
was now gray with a touch of brown.
It was hard to see on top too
with so little of it left there.
My forehead wrinkles
had become permanent
and when I smiled
a hundred more curled up around my eyes and mouth.
I thought about letting my beard grow for a second
but didn’t really want to look like Santa Claus.
When I stepped back
I could see
I had gotten chunkier as well
while my metabolism had slowed
my eating hadn’t.
My muscles also tended to be achier
and my body creakier.
And the file clerk in my mind
seemed to be misplacing things a lot more often.
I was even thinking of
writing stuff down more
so I could remember
what I came into a room for.
In spite of it all,
when I looked in the mirror again
I caught a sparkle in my eyes.
and felt a joy in my heart.
I knew that
no matter what my reflection looked like,
my soul was forever young.
The truth is
while I have been steadily growing older on the outside
I have for a while now
been growing younger on the inside.
I can remember
how serious, stressed, and worried I was
in my twenties and thirties.
I often felt like
the weight of the world was on my shoulders.
Now at fifty three
my heart feels lighter
and my days look brighter.
I feel like a true “Child” of nature
free to laugh,
to sing, to dance
to love, and to help others do the same.
I worry less
and smile more.
I have a lot more faith
and a lot less fear.
I let my love lead me
and face the pains and problems of this world
with the loving-kindness of the next.
In the end
all of our bodies will wear out and die,
but WE won’t.
Our young souls will go on forever.
Spend your days growing younger then.
Let the child within you live and love.