|Can you see the real me?|
It’s the hardest thing a woman can do
To accept herself as she is, faults and all
And rise above Western civilizations’ criticism
Our society has created a model
That few can touch—
Ultra thin, flawless, plus giant breasts
Based on the “Barbie” doll figure
Women come in all shapes and sizes
Each perfect in their own way
Women must find their own exquisiteness
And embrace and love themselves
Their unique and wonderful selves!
From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60,
by Joan Ellen Gage
A Woman for All Ages
Here is a shock for you
Not all of us are moms who do it all
Or are executives, who crashed the glass ceiling,
Left, and found their “true calling”
Some of us have just been trying to make a living
Worker bees, who buried creative or other needs,
Like self-expression, under a load of work and life
It happens and time passes
I swallowed the work ethic myth hook, line and sinker
I was the “perfect” employee—hard working
Taking a personal interest in my job
My Mary Poppins’ era; but, it left nothing for me
50 opened up my eyes
I still work hard, but now I work for me
First and foremost, I take care of myself
And my responsibilities to family
As time passes, we need to deal with
And understand what lessons each decade teaches us
Hopefully we learn and embrace the wisdom
From our experiences, and in turn,
These life lessons flesh out
Who we are becoming and who we grow to be
We are unfinished works of art
The book not yet completed
The half-carved sculpture
To be unveiled by the universe
And not at a time of our choosing
So let the journey unfold, and may your story be told!
From the book, A Redhead Looks at 60, by Joan Ellen Gage
Rock the beat, and give your heart some tender loving care! Here is a link for a 5 minute meditation to open your heart from Louise Hay:
Have a wonderful Valentine’s “week!” Take a little time daily to love and treat yourself, you deserve it!
I am so excited about this book! I have been procrastinating–my specialty, so it’s about time!
Here’s an appropriate poem for you from A Redhead Looks at 60! Enjoy!
If writing is therapy, then I’ve been
Standing up my “shrink” for some time!
I want to lose weight and I must have chocolate
Now is that a conflict of interest?
But getting back to that writing thing
It can be easy at times
Words flowing from my pen like water from a font
Usually my attempts to write
Are like trying to cross a river in a leaky boat
I start out, I sink; I go back to the start
But my best work involves distraction, the art of
Subjugating my true desire with anything else
To prevent picking up the pen
Essentially, I have a Master’s degree in
The Ostrich Technique—perhaps you’ve heard of it?
EMBRACING YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER: http://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Your-Inner-Cheerleader-ebook/dp/B0086WW7AA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&
I know, It’s been ages since I’ve written; but I really have been busy with life.
When we moved to the “space coast” 8 years ago, I really didn’t like the change. Of course I don’t like change, anyway. It took me a while to realize that I was experiencing age prejudice when applying for work. I never realized that I was “over the hill” in my 50’s, what a shock.
What I have learned from these years is patience, and to slow down. As an energetic, self-starting person, this was very difficult. I do think I have slowed down considerably, now. A car accident, and resulting treatment were major contributing factors.
You have to take the good with the bad, this is life. I am blessed because things could have been much worse for me. I have good people on my side and I am thankful for that. I have good health and love in my life. I have great family and friends.
So, as I leave Florida for the most part, and move on; I head toward another chapter in my life. As the GEN-X’s like to say, it’s all good!
Here is a poem from the up and coming book, A Redhead Looks At 60!
I Love You Mom!