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The Gift and the Jewel by Wanda Goines.

Wanda Goines reads out this heartwarming poem portraying her perception of the aging process, which touches everyone – if we are lucky enough. This beautiful piece of footage shows Wanda describing her thoughts and emotions and telling people how vital and essential she still is regardless of what people first think of her.

The video has gone viral and reached in excess of 4 million and counting. Here is the poem in its entirety for you to enjoy :

By Wanda Goines

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 stop you, from becoming an antique.

My reflection’s eyes twinkled, and 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’s tipped away, your jewel will be set free
To radiate God’s glory, throughout eternity.

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