“Getting Older and Maybe Wiser” by Shalini Narang

On a recent birthday,
While collecting wishes from near and away,
Amidst nature’s wonders in full sway,
I ruminated about life and its way(s).

Getting older has many benefits,
Rear view mirror shows so many gifts,
Decades of memories are a mood lift or shift,
People, places and pretexts-so much to which one can adrift.

Bonds of affection, attachment and admiration can be visited,
Some lessons on the way can be recalled and listed,
While some memories are clear, others a bit twisted,
Reliving experiences are sacred when perspectives are shifted.

After gaining some experience and deliberation,
One learns that routines around action and introspection,
With unwavering faith and retrospection,
Can lead to lasting acceptance and satisfaction.

Action is healthy-physically and mentally,
Introspection helps emotionally and spiritually.
Going deep within and knowing self is therapeutic,
Accepting life’s frailty is calming and cathartic.

Regrets are debilitating and a huge time waste,
Blaming situations or others leave only a sour taste.

Living in the present with grace and gratitude,
Can help one stay away from worries and disquietude.

Copyright © 2022 Shalini Narang
All Rights Reserved

Shalini Kathuria Narang is a Silicon Valley based software professional and freelance journalist. She has written and published extensively for several national and international newspapers, magazines and websites. She is originally from New Delhi and is settled in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters for 25 + years. She loves to hike, read fiction and nonfiction, and read and write poems on subjects ranging from parenting and philosophy to growing and thriving. Rumi and Paulo Coelho’s works are some of her favorites. To read all of Shalini’s poems, go to her blog site: Rhythm and Rhyme.

Featured Image: birthday cake emoji provided by the author

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thank you. 🙂

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  1. jonicaggiano dice:

    This is very true about growing older and some very beautifully worded wisdom about how to spend that time in a healthy rather than bitter way. Lovely writing, congratulations and have a blessed weekend, Joni

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks Joni. 🙂 I have begun appreciating the view that life begins at 40 and older folks are happier-not just for the experiences that they have accumulated but also for what they have learnt to let go. 🙂

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  2. I so love your birthday perspective Shalini! It’s so important and wise. Happy birthday and congratulations! 💗

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks dear Cindy. 🙂 I have realized that understanding the principles of happiness and contentment are easy but implementing them in our lives is where most work goes. 🙂

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      1. You’re so welcome and absolutely right!!!💕❤️

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  3. Meelosmom dice:

    Thank you for another wonderful submission, Shalini!! We appreciate you!!

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    1. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

      Thanks Barbara. 🙂 I am glad to see folks liking what I write and especially the precious engagement of the readers and other writers warms my heart.

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      1. Meelosmom dice:

        It’s great to see the warm reception of your poems!

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