Hallo little bloggies. I trust all is well with you and yours.
For some time now, I have been following a blog called Advanced Style, which features the most wonderful photos of, how shall I put this, older but still very elegant ladies. Ladies with a lot of style. Ladies who should give inspiration to us all. The blog was started with the intention of showing a positive and uplifting side to getting older.
I was taken with the words in the latest post - words said by Artist, Ilona Royce Smithkin.
These are the words spoken by Ilona, and how she copes with the pain that she has to deal with. I feel we can all learn something from what she had to say.
"Everyday something unexpected happens to our bodies. I fight everyday to get up and out of bed. When I feel a pain somewhere I tell my body, "I'm so nice to you, what do you want from me?" And I tell myself a little story or joke and remind myself of the times when I was in worse pain, and how lucky I am today, and the pain begins to go away.
I tell myself that this isn't the first time, or the last time that I will feel pain and begin to occupy my mind with other things. You must get involved in things outside of the pain, things that give you interest. All these things are a part of life. We all feel pain and unpleasantness.
As long as I can seduce myself to enjoy all kinds of things, like in the morning enjoying the first cup of coffee, or piece of chocolate the pain begins to diminish. I give myself nice things to look forward to, throughout the day. The moment you give in and let yourself get dragged down by misery you are closer to death."
So often these days, the elderly (and I must admit that I don't really like that word) are dismissed as being of no importance. People see them as they are now, and forget about the people they were. This is just so sad, because they really still have so much to give.
My prayers go out to all those who live with pain on a daily basis, and for those who are not feeling quite so bright at the moment.
Take care and I'll see you again soon. Hugs from