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Monday, October 17, 2016

{ The Jewel Inside }

Wanda B. Goines is a precious 92-year-old woman who shares great wisdom through a poem she wrote and recited to her caretaker, Kathryn Clausnitzer Wilson. Kathryn loved the poem so much that she recorded Wanda reciting the poem and shared it on Facebook. With over 4.5 million views and 187,000 shares, Wanda's sweet poem went viral!

Wanda shared these great words in the video:

"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 as 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 is stripped away, your jewel will be set free to radiate God's glory throughout eternity."

HOPE each of you has a Marvelous Monday!


  1. Oh, Deb! This made me cry. What a precious lady. I've often felt like that. I look in the mirror and say to myself - "When did this happen?" Thanks so much for sharing this. We are becoming jewels, aren't we? Hugs

  2. What a Jewel this lady is!! She touched my heart, thank for sharing. Melanie is right, we are becoming jewels.

  3. Oh, how beautiful! I love it. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to share it with friends.

  4. Time is a hard task master. But the core of our personality fashioned by the toil of years is as precious as a jewel.

  5. What a blessing this precious little lady is! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  6. Oh WOW!!! I LOVE this. Thank you for sharing this with us. Indeed...what a jewel she is!!

  7. Such a blessing. Especially relevant since my dear 97 year-old grandma is failing right now. Thank you!

  8. WONDERFUL poem! And a powerful sentiment too! Amen.

  9. I'm sure her jewel is shining very brightly.
    What a wonderful post and such a wonderful outlook.

  10. Truly beautiful and precious words of wisdom.
    I agree with each bit of it


Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24