It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 08


By: Joseph J. Mazzella
I saw a new advertisement today for a wrinkle remover. It guaranteed to make you look and feel twenty years younger. This caused me to think. Do I want to remove my wrinkles? I went and took a peek at myself in the mirror. The truth was I didn’t seem to have that many wrinkles until I smiled and I kind of liked those when I saw them. Besides I already felt and acted twenty years younger than my age anyway. My wife and kids would attest to that. I decided that I didn’t want to give up my smile creases and laugh lines. After all, I had earned them and enjoyed making them.
The truth is that there are a lot of beautiful wrinkles out there. I don’t know why our society is so obsessed with removing them. They are wonderful evidence of the laughter, love, and joy that people have had in their lives. They are glorious monuments to a life lived in happiness and delight. They are lovely signposts of a million peaceful smiles. Of course, some wrinkles comefrom pain, worry, and sadness. Still, God gives us a whole lifetime to create wrinkles and it is never too late to create new wrinkles of love and joy.Maybe all of us should quit trying to remove our wrinkles and start trying to move them to more joyous places instead. If you ask me there is a wonderful beauty in a smiling face full of wrinkles that show just how much it has smiled before.
Become a wrinkle mover then. Choose love and joy every second of everyday. Smile in delight at every good thing and at everyone you meet. Share every bit of love, laughter, and joy you have. Make those laugh lines deep and takejoy in the wonderful life you have lived to create them. Live for the love in your soul not the condition of your skin. Remember, God gives us laughter, smiles, love, joy, peace, happiness, and delight. Why should we take away or cover up the glorious portrait they create?

Now that my summer tan is disappearing I’ve been taking a good look in the mirror at myself and I’m not so sure I always like what I see. I know I should just accept those wrinkles and I do try to move them around to a SMILE position quite often, but boy they sure are increasing.
It seems like yesterday I was telling myself that for my age, I really didn’t look too bad. I was blessed or cursed with oily skin and have had it most of my life. Even now my nose still gets shinny. I guess that helped delay the lines from showing up.
I do have a distinct crease in the middle of my forehead from squinting not from frowning. There is just no denying that I’m over 60. I’m not ashamed of my age and wouldn’t want to live all those years over again so I don’t wish to be younger.
The good Lord loves us all and he doesn’t mind the wrinkles, I sure he even has a purpose for them, we just don’t know what it could possibly be. He looks in our hearts that is where what is important is kept.
I have been blessed with many wrinkles and I have some wonderful reasons for them being there !


(1) Hold on to your dreams, and never let them go.
(2) Show the rest of the world how wonderful you are!
(3) Give circumstances a chance, and give others the benefit of the doubt.
(4) Wish on a star that shines in your sky!
(5) Take on your problems one by one and work things out.
(6) Rely on all the strength you have inside!
(7) Let loose of the sparkle and spirit that you sometimes try to hide.
(8) Stay in touch with those who touch your life with love!
(9) Look on the bright side and don't let adversity keep you from winning.
(10) Be yourself, because you are filled with special qualities that have brought you this far, and that will always see you through!
(11) Keep your spirits up.
(12) Make your heart happy, and let it reflect on everything you do

‘On Ya’
- ma


Jeannette said...

Keep your wrinkles and be proud. I do. Those wrinkles are caused by laughter, tears, experience - all the things that make us what we are. I am not ashamed of mine and why spend a fortune on anti-wrinkle creams when science has proved that they do not work anyway. There is no cream that reverses ageing. So, keep them, be proud of them.

Cindi said...

Wrinkles are wisdom, laughter, experience...why erase any of that?? Have a great day

Kath said...

I agree with you Ma anti wrinkle creams do not work I know plenty who have tried them.Just a way of making more money in todays greedy world.I don't mind an odd face pack now and again to get rid of all the grout he-he.I was very wrinkled today as you will read in my new post this morning.Maybe from laughing though who Knows? I shall contiue life with my wrinkles no matter what.Lovely posting Take Care God Bless kath xx

Alice said...

Here's to wrinkles and may they all come from happy times. Wouldn't that be nice! For some unknown reason wrinkles just don't seem to bother me at all and like you, I've always had oily skin so that helped keep them at bay :)..... said...

I don't have many, but try to take care of my skin.
I sure don't lose any sleep over it,
I would like to lose some weight though, that is my battle.

Linda :) said...

Hubby and I always look so young for our age, which I know is a good thing, lol, but sometimes we are not treated as respectably as our age.... so I'm glad to have a bit of gray in the hair now to show my age for what it is.... lol.
I know you will miss the camper but the holidays are coming!! and I'm now glad to know what On Ya means.....
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Joan said...

Oh I am going to be the first to say that I try to keep my skin looking 'Youthful' Do use moisture creams day and night. I had good skin till after a long illness it left my skin looking dreadful and in later years it looked terrible smoking did not help so after I stopped I stared looking after it. Don't mind my wrinkles its the open pores I hate. Loved your ways to make you smile will try them all. Love Joan.

Hollie said...

I have oily skin too. I like the 12 ways to keep a smile...