The beauty that I am speaking of is the beauty that is inherent in almost everything we do — even if we are not consciously aware of it.
With many of our burdens lifted at this stage of life, we are thinking with greater clarity, we feel with an intensity not experienced before, and we view problems differently and handle them knowing that the end of the world is not forthcoming.
Rather than being counseled, we now counsel and mentor others. Rather than trying to solve problems on our own, we engage the strengths of others thereby sending out the signal that they, too, have the wherewithal to survive and thrive. Rather than mull a potential decision in our heads over and over, we make the best possible decision based on the best information we have available at the time.
We are not looking to get anything from others, nor do we have hard core expectations. We are more about the business of giving than expecting anything in return, especially for that which we gladly share freely.
We now know through our increased confidence that as women age 50+, we take life as it comes, and we search (not in desperation or anxiety anymore) for meaning in the smallest of gestures and acts.
We are certainly more grateful for the life we have and we no longer yearn for the life we once thought we should have. A light and ephemeral silhouette of all of our experiences now engulfs us, and we are now able to radiate it out to all that come into contact with us.
And for this we are grateful.