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Becoming Seventy: Holding on to Beauty That Lasts

MsDora, former teacher and counselor, is fascinated by the prospect of joyful aging. She explores and shares habits of happy seniors.

It is an established fact that real beauty is generated in one's inner virtues, not in their physical features. To believe that, is also to believe that a person can be beautiful at any age. When a seventy-year old woman acknowledges her beauty, she is not claiming to have a wrinkle-free face, even-toned skin and a coke-bottle shaped figure (even though that is not impossible). She is declaring her intention to maintain the inner qualities which generate real beauty.

The above quote is often credited to the late film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), because she quoted it so much. However, these lines originated in the book, In One Era and Out the Other, by the late Sam Levenson (1911-1980). His beauty challenge is appropriate for any age. He commends:

Not attractive lips, but the kindness in the words the speak;
Not lovely eyes, but their insight that sees value in others;
Not a slim figure, but compassion and generosity in sharing a meal;
Not beautiful hair, but the absence of false pride to let a child touch it;
Not physical poise, but the confidence it manifests.

It is the acceptance of this perspective that encourages older folk like me to believe that we can be beautiful beyond seventy and throughout our old age. The key is to stop focusing on the fading physical features, while pursuing and sharing the wisdom that comes with maturity—something all beautiful seventy-year olds and older are expected to do for as long as possible.

Poem: Beauty with Wisdom Will Last

My beauty will last as long as I live;
No dwindling of charm you will see.
I have found a way to boost my appeal
As the years take their toll on me.
I’ll point to the aging signs as they come,
As trophies I’ve brought from the past:
As lessons I’ve learned and lessons I’ve taught;
For beauty with wisdom will last.

My wrinkles will teach the beauty of smiles
That as they leave their marks on the skin;
They also make merry marks on the hearts
Of those who keep them stored within.
Bags under my eyes will prove that I’ve watched
History, pleasant and aghast;
Bags laden with knowledge makes it only fair
That beauty with wisdom will last.

Folks will not see the long sag on my arms.
How could they in my embrace?
They’ll feel the full strength of my fearless squeeze
Then we’ll look at each other’s face.
If they raise their sights to the gray in my hair;
I’ll tell of life’s stresses real fast,
And how wisdom kept me looking well,
So beauty with wisdom will last.

I’ll lean on my cane when my feet are tired,
And walk far and fast as I can;
Meeting new people and sharing their strength
Is part of my wise-beauty plan.
My aged lips will not get any thinner;
They’ll fly full like a ship’s foremast
Cheering the young to live wisely and well,
So their beauty with wisdom can last.

I’ll wear trendy shades to offset the sun’s rays,
And help me be able to see
The beautiful figures, poises and gaits
Which remind me what I used to be.
I’ll recall what wisdom taught me back then
Before my features lost their blast;
That years cannot change loveliness inside
Which makes beauty with wisdom last.

Photo by Wendell Weithers

Photo by Wendell Weithers

I'll tell my children and their children too,
Of the struggles which kept me strong;
I'll write for them, beautiful words of love
Which they can make into song;
For I know their beauty is influenced by
The beauty they see in me;
Lord, help me display Your beauty and grace
So they can safely follow me.

My beauty will last till the day I die,
Not because of human skill;
But because when my wisdom and beauty grow less,
I trust God my lack to fill.
The challenge for all my good friends and me
When the vote of age is cast,
Is to balance good looks with godly wit;
Then beauty with wisdom will last.

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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 10, 2017:

Gina, natural is the way to go! That and a good attitude surely help to create and maintain our beauty. Thanks for your wise input.

Gina Welds Hulse from Rockledge, Florida on April 09, 2017:

Ms. Dora, I absolutely loved this. I believe we should all age gracefully. make-up is so expensive and I believe causes more damage to our skin, so I use a lot of naturally made products, even make-up.

Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 11, 2015:

Elisa, Happy 50th birthday in advance. Thanks for the kind comment and stay beautiful!

Elisa659 from Inverness, FL on July 10, 2015:

This is just so beautiful and truly blessed my socks off..being that my 50th birthday is just around the corner! I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Thank you for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 15, 2014:

Jay all the best with your children's books; I expect that you will do very well. I've looked at your Michael Landon article and enjoyed it. I intend to read your Misconceptions. Thanks for your comment here.

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on November 14, 2014:

Hi Dora, I found a lone comment on one of my HUBS that went back 18 months or so and it was yours! I wanted to see what you are up to and landed here today. You have some lovely thoughts here. I'll follow you now that I have found you again. I suspect you would enjoy my HUB on Michael Landon. I haven't done a HUB in over a year and the Landon HUB has a steady stream of readers to this day. I'm working on a series of illustrated children's books that I am excited about.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 10, 2014:

Jodah, when it comes to poetry, I yield to you any day. Congratulations on your win, and thanks for your kind sentiments.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on September 10, 2014:

What a beautiful hub by a beautiful woman MsDora. I voted for you in the "hubbie awards" congratulations. Going by this poem you should have won "best poet" as well. Loved everything about this. Voted up.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 09, 2014:

Deal, I love your kind words. Thank you!

Nick Deal from Earth on September 09, 2014:

This poem is so empowering and bold. Loved reading it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 09, 2014:

Thanks Audrey. I think the same of you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 09, 2014:

Thank you, Lori. I appreciate that; glad you like it.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 09, 2014:

Lovely, inside and out!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on September 09, 2014:

Hello precious, I shared this on the Hot Hubbers facebook page. I just love it and thought it worth sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 06, 2014:

Thank you Imtii. I appreciate the vote.

Imtiaz Ahmed from Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 06, 2014:

A really great poem MsDora! I really liked it. Voted up!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2014:

Hi Treasures, good to hear from you. Thanks for your very kind comments.

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on July 29, 2014:

Wow! This is beautiful MsDora. You are a beautiful person and you've got swag too! Loved the poem. Bless you for sharing your wonderful thoughts!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2014:

Doris, welcome to my HubCircle. The optimism is good for our health; we want to enjoy our closing years to the max. Thanks for your comment.

Doris H. Dancy from Yorktown, Virginia on July 28, 2014:

What a wonderful way to view the aging process. I will not forget this first real look at the beauty of age. Society tends not to voice such an optimistic vision of years gone by. Thank you for your wisdom.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 26, 2014:

Very well said, Teaches. Our beauty will last, if that's what we choose. Thanks for your comment.

Dianna Mendez on May 26, 2014:

Thank you for pointing out what is most important as we age. God made us all beautiful with a purpose for living.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 03, 2014:

Nighthag, your mother will always be beautiful. It is part of her role. As for you, you have nothing to worry about. You express yours all the time. Thanks for your input.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on April 02, 2014:

this was so very lovely and so very true.

I loved it both for my aging self and for my mother who struggles with the aging process yet is still as beautiful to me as she always has been, if not more.

I love it!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 31, 2014:

Thelma, thanks for commenting. Surely, that inner beauty is choice, available to all of us.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 31, 2014:

Awesome! The inner beauty will always last. Thanks for sharing this. It was very good. Written direct from the heart.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 13, 2014:

Dream, it's my pleasure to know you. Welcome to my HubCircle. Thank you for your kind comment.

DREAM ON on March 13, 2014:

I was right. Your words glide through the air like ski's that go where your body tells them to go. Sweet and right to the heart of all people. We all age but it is what we have learned that far enhances our true beauty. To love ourselves and love others every day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 28, 2014:

Ebonny, what a kind comment! Thank you.

Ebonny from UK on February 28, 2014:

Thank you for writing and sharing these important words. Your thoughts and your photograph prove that beauty on the inside shows on the outside.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 18, 2013:

JPSO, I'm also impressed by what you say about yourself. Looking forward to great, positive interaction with you on HubPages.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 18, 2013:

Simple yet very powerful. It reflects what kind of person you are and how beautiful your life is. It is indeed an honor to have meet you here in HP.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 14, 2013:

Thank you DDE. No complaints about my age, and I enjoy the features I'm blessed with.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 14, 2013:

Poem: My Beauty Will Last beautifully said for those aging gracefully and you look great.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 23, 2013:

Ahorseback, you are so very kind. You put a smile on my face and in my heart. Thank you.

ahorseback on October 23, 2013:

Wow my dear ! There is not one thing missing here ! I'll tell U this ! There is a fortune in the value of the smile of this woman . Gorgeous ! is just one word I can think of !.......Ed

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 22, 2013:

Thank you for watching!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 22, 2013:

Diane, I watched the video. It is really a precious memory. thank you so much for sharing!

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 21, 2013:

MsDora, Here is a glimpse of my memories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRY-fwkG1UA

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 21, 2013:

Diane, I love your comment. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have lots of fond memories about your mom.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 19, 2013:

MsDora, this is beautiful and very convicting. I use to be called google eyes. Now I have a fold on top of my eyes and luggage underneath. My mother's name is Dora. She passed away January 20, 2010. She was called Dora the Explorer because she always found ways to leave the nursing home. Thank you for your prolific and well pondered thoughts.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 10, 2013:

Jynzly, thanks for your contribution on wisdom and also for kind remark. I appreciate you!

Jenny Pugh from Marion, Indiana, USA on July 10, 2013:

That's true and perfect beauty there. Wisdom is by itself a beauty. Looks is a physical projection of wisdom hence this two combined is perfect beauty. I love this poem, it truly conveys real beauty; You.

Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 30, 2013:

Thanks Romeos, for your kind comment. Nice meeting you on HubPages!

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on May 30, 2013:

Such beautiful, and heart-warming poetic verse, by a beautiful woman, inside and out.Thumbs up, and sharing!

Yours Sincerely,

Romeo's Quill

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 30, 2013:

OC, nice meeting you on HP. Thanks for your very kind comment. Hope you enjoy it here.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on May 30, 2013:

MsDora,

I am a relative newcomer to HP, and when I go hub hopping, the places where I land seem to be just the right place for my state of mind. 50 is right around the corner for me, and so much of my livelihood is up in the air; but, then I read something so beautiful as what you have written and feel the power of your beauty and your wisdom.

Voted up and Beautiful!

Thank You.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 17, 2013:

Thanks poet for life. Glad you found the poem encouraging.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 17, 2013:

Carly, thanks for your encouraging comment. You are very kind.

Marie Williams from Dallas, Texas. on May 16, 2013:

MsDora I really like this piece. I agree with you whole heartedly. I too believe in the power of attitude as well as character. Your poem is very encouraging as we grow older gracefully.

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on May 16, 2013:

You ARE a beautiful woman for of grace and insight.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2013:

You and me both, Insightful. We've earned our gray/white hairs and they deserve to be displayed.

Insightful Tiger on May 01, 2013:

You are beautiful inside and out! I loved this poem because it speaks to me of how I feel about aging. I am going to wear my white hairs proudly and smile on :) One Love.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 25, 2013:

Thanks, Manatita. I appreciate your kind comment. I needed the encouragement today.

manatita44 from london on April 25, 2013:

Good on ya! Extremely Beautiful Woman!! Beauty within! Beauty without!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 18, 2013:

Marlene, thanks for your kind comments. What a sweet compliment about the Holy Spirit in me. I pray that to live that!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 18, 2013:

MsDora, this is beautiful. We all should learn to live comfortable with aging. Your photo is beautiful, too. I hope it is politically alright to say... I can see the Holy Spirit in your eyes and your smile is very warm and inviting. Many blessings to you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 07, 2013:

Thanks, Rajan. My intention is to make the words in this poem come true.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 07, 2013:

Very inspirational. The beauty within and the wisdom gathered over the years do last.

Amazing poem. Voted up.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 22, 2013:

Sweet Epistles, we're on the same page. Our beauty will last no matter the color of our hair. Enjoy life! Thanks for your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 22, 2013:

Thanks, ahorseback, for your encouragement.

June from From the Heart of God on February 21, 2013:

Wow! I can feel your innermost thoughts and beauty within. I am not afraid of getting old as long as wisdom from the heart and soul like you have carries me to enjoy gray hairs and loveliness inside that last.

Thumb up!!!!

ahorseback on November 27, 2012:

You're an awesome writer ......Do you know that !

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 27, 2012:

Thank you, ahorseback. The beautiful heart can find beauty anywhere. You're so encouraging.

ahorseback on November 27, 2012:

I think I would trade all the beauty in the world for a beautiful smile alone , like the one at the top !Awesome writing !

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 19, 2012:

ITcoach, I'm happy for the effect this and similar poems have on you. Appreciation for life is among the noblest of attitudes. Your comment blesses me. Thanks!

ITcoach from United States on July 19, 2012:

Some times whenever we listen such type of poems I creates appreciation to live more. It creates hopes for living. Thanks Dora for sharing this passion

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 18, 2012:

Thanks, Rajan Jolly. Well said. "Wisdom increases . . . Physical beauty fades." The knife cannot change that. Thanks for sharing this reminder.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 18, 2012:

Dora, this is such an beautiful and uplifting poem. Wisdom increases and is permanent than physical beauty that is only skin deep and fades with age.

This is a very hitting reminder to those who think nothing of going under the surgeon's knife.

Voted up,and awesome. Shared too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 30, 2012:

Thanks, Yoridale. Hope sharing it produces a smile.

Yoridale on March 28, 2012:

Nice poem! Something to share...

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 21, 2011:

CloudExplorer, you made me smile when you wrote about fighting off old age. Keep up your healthy activities, but view them as a way to embrace rather than prevent old age. Attitude is everything. Thanks for all your kind words, and I'm sure you deserve all the comments you receive.

Mike Pugh from New York City on November 21, 2011:

Nice poem you have here MsDora, I never really thought about old age in the ways you've described in your poem.

My thoughts on old age usually is that I will be trying everything in my power to fight it off by use of all healthy natural means, definitely not any surgical mean, but sure in ways of good eating, and good exercise to keep the joints strong.

This hub is written very well with great references and full of liveliness. Voted up as beautiful for the poetical creativity level, and interesting for the intro, thanks for sharing & I'll be reading more as time permits me, oh and thanks for the nice comment you left on my hub recently.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 16, 2011:

I love you too, sofs. Thanks for sharing such kind thoughts!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 16, 2011:

Thanks to YOU Eunice. I appreciate your encouragement.

Sophie on November 16, 2011:

Wow..this is so wonderful...

"Folks will not see the long sag on my arms.

How could they in my embrace?

They’ll feel the full strength of my fearless squeeze

Then we’ll look at each other’s face."

How very true...our love, our attitude, our compassion are our true beauty... I haven't heard wiser words..

Thanks beautiful lady... you are beautiful indeed!! Love and ((((hugs)))))

Eunice Stuhlhofer on November 16, 2011:

Great poem and new way of seeing beauty. Voted beautiful and thanks for following.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2011:

Thanks Dave. Happy to write for your enjoyment. I appreciate the votes.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2011:

Thanks, chspublish. Yes, the beauty of one's self is also what I consider real beauty. I appreciate your comment

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on November 12, 2011:

Voted up and beautiful! I enjoyed the poem. Thanks!

chspublish from Ireland on November 12, 2011:

And then there's the beauty of being yourself - that's what you've achieved here, I think.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 11, 2011:

Thanks for your kind comments. So happy when I cause a smile!

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on November 11, 2011:

Amen .

This is very thoughtful of you, I can feel the thought in the lines as I read on, I keep thinking what's next, I smiled with the mention of the arms . A very nice poem . I went and came back and there is the picture . No words

Blessings..