Do We Paint The Gold Leaf Green?

The irony is that the more we fight age, the more it shows. Paint on a 50-year-old face brings to mind a Gilbert and Sullivan comic figure. Smooth the cheeks, and suddenly the ear lobes and hands look out of place. Do we run around in October, painting the gold leaves green? Karen DeCrow, American attorney, author, activist and feminist 

This is another stand-alone quote. What wisdom DeCrow shares with us. First, that aging is natural and its futile to try to cover it up. Second, the aging face is beautiful, like the gold leaves of Fall. 

Those of us who feel fortunate to have lived a long life in the wake of mothers who died young, honor our aging. As the first generation of three who has lived beyond my thirties, every year is gravy, icing on the cake. And now, these Fall, nearly Winter, years of my life are the cherry on top. 

Affirmation: I honor the season of life I’m in.

Coaching questions: What season of life are you in? Have you lived past the age your mother died? In what ways do you live your best life while honoring the age and stage you’re in?


2 thoughts on “Do We Paint The Gold Leaf Green?

  1. I have lived a long time after the age that my mother died. But I do remember thinking about her often during the year we were the same age. I think that is a pretty common thought if the death occurred when you were old enough to start worrying about the event. This is even true in the winter part of your life. You think that I’ve past up grandma, but grandpa lived a few years longer than where I am now. I wonder how long I will be around. So the answer is to not dwell on that thought too much and live the life you have.

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