The new year brings hope, new beginnings, and resolutions, but every where you look everyone is telling you how to act different, look different, feel different, be different, and no one is telling you that it’s okay to be who you are. Your hair and your skin and your whole body will only last so long, but your soul and your heart will live forever. I am all for eating healthier and exercising more but make sure you aren’t looking in the mirror and constantly criticizing yourself and thinking about the things you want to change because as fun as it might be to get a new haircut or lose a couple pounds, in the end it will never be what matters the most. Instead, make a resolution to be happier, kinder, more patient, more loving and more forgiving of others and of yourself. These are the things that will polish the jewel inside and matter forever.
I just heard about this poem today, but it was posted on YouTube in August last year by a 92 year old woman, Wanda B. Goines, and I thought it was so beautiful I just wanted to share it with all of you. It is called “The Gift Wrap and the Jewel”.
“I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me. With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection, how did you get there? You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak. When I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique. My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, you’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside. A living gem and precious of unimagined worth. Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth. The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen and polish up that jewel. So focus your attention on the inside, not the out, on being kinder, wiser, more content, and more devout. Then when your gift wrap is stripped away, your jewel will be set free to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity.”