She whispers my name... Only I can hear

Saturday, September 26, 2009


When I turned 40, an older friend of mine at the office told me:
"Get ready for the downhill ride of your life"

This was an ominous and depressing thought at the time
But now that I have had a dozen years to reflect on it, I'm not so sure

Yes I am older
And my body is not what it was when I was twenty...
But my mind has grown
I see things much more clearly now

I see connections, details and relationships now, that I would never have noticed at the age of twenty.
I understand people, and the universe, like I have never understood before.

As youth fades, wisdom fills in the empty places where vanity and conceit once dominated.

But only if you let it

We should value this wisdom, simply for the amount of heartache with which it is acquired

For those who pride themselves on their looks, and not much more, there is not much promise for the future.
We need to keep learning, this I know, and I have found throughout my life that the more I learn, the more I want to learn.

We diminish ourselves
When we place looks over substance

As a society
As a specie
As individuals
At any time
Any age
Any generation

We diminish
Who we are
What we are
Where we are going
What we aspire to be

There is an aesthetic of the mind
Which we all too often
Fail to recognize
Chose to hide
Or simply ignore

Let us chose
Not to do that

Do not just grow old


Mariana Soffer said...

Great text, things are like that, but be calm man, because you can choose, believe me at least it that, you can!

Lydia said...

So inspirational. I love the term "aesthetic of the mind."

Roxanne said...

Dear Bobbb ... I have been absent this summer ... (and just left two other comments on other posts - do you get them all?) .... and I find it refreshing returning to your words. Kind of like how I feel after our long Canadian winters feel and then I finally see the green of trees emerge from the empty branches. I am sorry for your losses this summer ... there are no words to express what should be expressed, so I will stop and hope you can sense my solidarity with you and your loved ones. I am also heartened by your recognition of your blessings and that which brings you hope and love. Dark and light - that is life, and your example of recognizing both is a good reminder for my own journeys. Blessings to you.

Ribbon said...

I agree, but I also believe that beauty and wisdom can share the same space.

best wishes
Ribbon :)

Miladysa said...

"We should value this wisdom, simply for the amount of heartache with which it is acquired"


I planning to grow and grow and grow :)

Wishing you many more years of growth!