With age comes wisdom, right? This is what we have always been told and while we are still waiting for our wisdom to arrive, we love to soak up knowledge from those who have been around the block a few times before.

It’s a great way to avoid the mistakes that they have made and it is always nice to gain some unique perspective on life.

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Wanda B. Goines is a 92-year-old woman who has a lot to say. She writes her own poetry and her caretaker asked her to recite it on camera. If you would like to see The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel before or after listening to it, it has been transcribed below:

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 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 stripped away
Your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity!

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This is one of the most beautiful poems that we have ever heard and there are great life lessons sprinkled throughout. While this is the sort of thing that could have been conveyed during a simple conversation, poetry has a way of embedding itself inside of our brains.

This is great advice for anyone to have, no matter how old they may be at the moment. After all, time comes for all of us eventually and it is good to have the right perspective of things.

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Kudos to her for being willing to share her unique point of view and her linguistic talents with the rest of the world.

Check out the sweet video below: