From The Calm Center by Steve Taylor
Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.
And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.
Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?
Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.
I first read this passage from Steve Taylor’s book The Calm Center on the Find Your Middle Ground blog (The Mellow Glow). Val always shares inspiring, soothing, comforting, delicious words and images that make me feel alive and free.
* I took the photo in my backyard of a columbine leaf, just after a spring rain when the sun started coming out (edited with Zeke filter). Here’s another photo of the same plant, same filter.