"The unexamined life is not worth living."
~ Plato ~
Folly definition as it appears online on Merriam-Webster's dictionary...
fol·ly noun \ˈfä-lē\
: the lack of good sense or judgment
: a foolish act or idea : foolish behavior
: a very unusual or fancy building that was built in a garden for decoration or amusement in the past
and I am still digesting them.
(The firm's annual staff party and what I wore to a penthouse suite overlooking the inner harbour)
Banana Rebublic tweed dress
Susan Bristol black sweater jacket
black fish net hose
Calvin Klein kitten heel pumps
gumball pearl necklace
My choice is rather pedestrian, nothing out of the ordinary...
Reminiscent of what Emma Thompson wore to her husband's staff party in "Love Actually"
(one of my favourite holiday films)
I am dressed for comfort
not looking for attention
with greying hair
laugh lined eyes
a slacking jaw
a sense of humour
a humble life
a wonderful husband
I am happy to be mingling with the guests
sipping wine and sampling the hors' d oeuvres...
I feel comfortable in my own skin...
the French have a saying for that...
~ "Bien dans sa peau: being comfortable in your own skin" ~
I might have waited almost 60 years to feel this way.
It is a wonderful feeling
and I feel immense gratitude.
I am reminded of a lovely woman that I worked with for 17 years who lived her life honestly
she has had a huge influence on how I view life.
( I have never told her and I really must!)
She is an older woman who dresses to please herself
attends many art and cultural events in town,
is on the pulse of what is "happening about town"
keeps fit by walking
spends time with her family and grandchildren
gives of herself to the community
tends her garden
is enthusiastic about life
is fully present in her daily round
(owns many beautiful china teacups and saucers)
has struggled with her health and never complains
she is dignified
is calm and centered
and she meditates every day.
I think if we pay close attention to women of this calibre that we will be able to pass on some of this wisdom to the young women who are following in our footsteps...
I'm looking and listening to the wise women in my midst...
I hope to keep learning.
"A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim."
~ Maya Angelou ~