Wanda B. Goines is a lovely 92-year-old woman who wrote a poem that poignantly conveys what’s important as you age. Her caretaker was so moved by the poem she asked Wanda if she would recite it on camera, and the video is now going viral.
For those wanting to read “The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel”after listening to it, here it is:
I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
But a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair
And I asked my reflection, how did you get there?
You once were straight and vigorous
And now you’re stooped and weak
When I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled and she solemnly replied
You’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside
A living gem and precious of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift wrap with other things more cruel
Should purify and strengthen and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then when your gift wrap’s stripped away
Your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity!
Poems just have a way of conveying life lessons much more eloquently than a conversation!
Share Wanda’s wonderful words with your family and friends!