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    10 signs of aging gracefully

    When it comes to aging gracefully, forget the face creams, hair colors and exercises — the physical manifestations others see as we rack up the years. Instead, I prefer to focus on a different kind of trait that others see, one I think trumps the physical when considering how gracefully others are aging and how gracefully I'm aging myself.

    That trait? It's attitude. For, as age is just a number, aging gracefully is just an attitude.

    So when it comes to having the right attitude as I age, I look to the signs. Signs such as the following ten, which remind me of what’s important, what I need to remember as I attempt to age gracefully... as well as graciously, intentionally, hopefully.

    Sign No. 10:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 9:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 8:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 7:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 6:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 5:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 4:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 3:

    key to aging gracefully


    Sign No. 2:

    key to aging gracefully


    And the No. 1 sign of aging gracefully, the one I do my best to live by, day in and day out:

    key to aging gracefully

    Today's question:

    What does aging gracefully mean to you?

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    Well done, Lisa.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga


    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Love these and in complete agreement with your #1...haha!

    I'm not sure that either of these statements refer to aging gracefully, but it took me decades to live them.

    1) I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. ~ Philip Yancey

    2) Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. ~ Mark Twain

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Beautiful! You could issue each of these as posters, and I bet you'd make a fortune! :)

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

    I have to agree that aging gracefully is all about attitude, attitude, attitude, with some humor thrown into the mix.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie

    I know this post was about aging gracefully and while I'm sure I am much younger than a lot of your readers, I found a lot of inspiration in the quotes above!

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralex

    Love it, Lisa. Great job!

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    Well done, Lisa! Impresssive how you embed your site onto quote itself; making them truely your own! Maybe a "how to" in the future? LOL
    I agree with flexibility and adapting with/to constant social changes! We have to try hard as we age not to share how we used to do it/why it may not be nice etc....
    Gramcracker Joan

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoan Stommen

    Well done, Lisa!

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRisa

    Thank you, everyone!

    Love your second quote, NonnieKelly.

    Alex: Glad you're here! They're great for any age, really. Feel free to put them to good use now. :-D

    Jeanie: Yes! Humor is key!

    Joan: Thanks! No tutorial, really. I just found the photos from a photo site and used PicMonkey or Picasa (a little of both) to add some of my favorite my URL, since it was so much work and that's my cyber signature for my art.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Love all your "sayings", especially #10! You always find great visual arts to put your point across.

    My efforts at aging gracefully still need a lot of work but I'll figure it out, with a little help from my friends...and grown children.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Oh can I tell you how much I LOVED these...the last one...took the cake. Spoken like a true grandma!!

    These are absolutely perfect! You did a wonderful job of fitting the picture to the thought. I so wish I could be more like the owl. I'm pretty good about the do no harm part -- just not so good at not taking crap from other people. Actually I am really good at it. I just stand there and take it! Don't think that is what I am supposed to do.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    I love them! Especially #1. I totally agree with you aging is about attitude!

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Taylor

    Lovely Lisa, how inspiring.

    Aging gracefully to me means:

    1 Teaching Lucy & Bella that being different is fine.
    2 Teaching them that just because Norman & I argue doesn't mean we have stopped loving each other.
    3 Teaching them to have confidence in themselves.
    4 Teaching them that an adult can say sorry to young ones .
    5 Letting them know that they are safe & secure & we will not abandon them.
    6 Helping them make appropriate decisions.
    7 Loving them with a full & open heart.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally Kabak

    Really liked your quotes--If everybody just followed those, I think the world would be an better place. Nice photos! (Loved the marbles!!)

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLoy

    These are wonderful. Number 6 jumped out at me...the visual is beautiful and the message is both witty and right on.

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBLissed-Out Grandma

    Oh yes, these are right on and I have certainly aged somewhat least to the point of being the poster child for No. 1 - hah!

    I might add to that, aging gracefully is accepting who you are, where you've been, what you've done, how you look at this moment in time. I read somewhere this line..."my face is a biography of my life" - oh yes, I live by that one too.
    Jane B

    March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane B

    Love them all but especially #6 and #1. I try to hear myself saying "yes" instead of "no" especially to my grandkids because that usually means we're off on an adventure.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@grandparentsplus2

    Oh, I love your quote posters! What a great way to punctuate an apt quote. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. A good breadth from fun, funny to inspirational and sobering.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren D. Austin

    To me, aging gracefully is all about the serenity prayer - changing what you can (if you don't like it) accepting the things you can't change.

    Trying to learn to treat MYSELF better - physically, emotionally, and to be grateful for the many, many blessings and wonderful people I have in this life.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly Diehl

    Love this! Love the attitude! I think for me aging gracefully is about being happy with where and who you are right now, no matter what your age is.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

    LOL! Those are priceless!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Thomas Anderson

    Great quotes, Lisa, and wonderful reminders.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

    Absolutely loved all of these. I was going to say that number 7 was my favourite and then I read the rest. I can't pick. Great job. :)

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Fox

    These are just great. Love how you made your list visual. It was really fun to scroll through and provided some great wisdom.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

    Aging gracefully means that I'm now part of this rockin' GenFab midlife blogging group.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie McLeod

    Well that was just FABulous! Thank you!!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee Aldrich

    I loved each quote, but my favorite is the last. I'm tempted to have that tattooed somewhere on my body. Preferably somewhere that doesn't sag!

    Love the 10 signs... #6 works for me! I like your take on aging.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWalker Thornton

    These are great, Lisa! My favorite is the one about crying. Beautifully said.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

    Lisa, every single one of these is perfect. I loved them all. I have learned the hard way that I do not have to attend every argument I'm invited to. What a freedom that is.

    And attitude is so critical. In the end, it isn't your wrinkles that people look at, but your heart.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChloe Jeffreys

    Bravo, Lisa!! You gathered some inspiring quotes!!! As I have gotten older, I am more accepting of #8 and more cautious with #4. The key: what can I do to make life better for the other guy (gal).

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaryn/the Mid Life Guru

    I really like them all but #10 and #1 are my favorites!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaralee

    I love your signs, Lisa!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    I love #1--- love it. It may become my first tattoo!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

    I am printing these out and sticking them above my desk!

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLois Alter Mark

    Love these -- such terrific thoughts and illustrations.

    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy Weese Moll

    Yes, I agree Attitude is what matters. Especially Love the last quote: "Do no harm, but take no shit!" that seems to me my moto now that I have reached midlife :-)


    March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

    I like the way you presented this...completely agree that attitude is number one!! Good post!

    March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam@over50feeling40

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