Friday, August 26, 2011

Five Minute Friday - Older

Friday - and five minutes to write straight from the heart - no editing or second guessing. The word for today is:



I look in the mirror some days and wonder who that older woman is. When did all those lines make an appearance, and whose neck is that anyway? Most days I don't look too closely. I never really have. I just sort of wash my face, brush my teeth, comb my hair and face the day with just a touch of lipstick.

There I am with my beautiful young daughter and equally beautiful older mother. I find I don't long for the days of my youth and I don't dread my later years. It is true, that thing I've heard older women say - I don't feel any older on the inside. The heart, it seems, is ageless - forever young. It is the part of me that still leaps and dances, the part that still dreams. It is the part He sees when He looks at me. He doesn't see that face in the mirror - He sees "me."


Come on over to Lisa-Jo's and perhaps add your words or just read what others have to say about "older."



  1. Linda, you are beautiful! I loved your post and relate to the not feeling any older on the inside. Thank you for the reminder that God sees the most important part of us...He's not looking so closely or critically at our wrinkles, is He? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  2. This is such a lovely post. The lines, "I don't feel any older on the inside. The heart, it seems, is ageless..." were an encouragement to me today. Thank you!

  3. my heart loves this :-)

  4. I love this, Linda, and agree with
    much you said. It is good to not
    wish for youth again but to just
    look forward to each stage of life
    as we come into it. I believe aging
    is all in the mind. If we think and
    live with an attitude of thankfulness
    and hope we will age gracefully and
    continue to enjoy life.

  5. Older - now there's a word everyone could write about, huh? When we're young, we want to be older. When we're older, well, you've said it well. We're always older; we're never older.

  6. Linda, I have often thought the same things. I usually think of myself as that little girl with the big smile, a cute child; and when I look in the mirror after working hard, I see the tired eyes of my mother looking back at me. As James wrote "...for he looks at himself and goes his way, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was."

  7. I loved your post. Beauty is not limited by age!

  8. Oh, this prompt that I am reading about here and there is filling me with such mixed emotions! But you are so right, my friend. He sees our beauty. And you are.

  9. It normally just hits me when I associate my age with some period in my parents' (or some other old person in my childhood) lifetime. Like the day I got an email about our 25th class reunion and I was pretty sure that it was a typo. Because I remembered when my mom had her 25th and I'm telling you, back then she was older than ... Well, you know what I'm saying. :)

    My body reminds me I'm getting plenty older. But I don't notice it much otherwise. Love your post, Linda. As long as your heart keeps dreaming.

  10. I like the heart seems ageless...I am glad also...I don't long for the younger years..because the shedding of the chains that come with years out weighs the lose...

  11. I always do the same thing as Lyla - comparing where I am in relation to my mom's age and what she was doing when she was the age I am now. I really don't like what I see in the mirror these days, but I can't do anything about it, so have to take me as I am!

    Love, as usual, dear friend.

  12. You are a gorgeous group of girls. Isn't 5 Minute Friday fun. I only had time to read one from the mass of submissions and I'm glad I chose yours.

  13. My mother always said the same thing about feeling young in her heart ... she was 92.