I love this pairing of Eleanor Roosevelt’s thoughts with the pic of this amazing older woman. Her face and her hands speak volumes to me of a life hard fought and well lived. For those of you who do not know of Mrs. Roosevelt, she was an American politician, diplomat, activist, and author. She was also the longest serving first lady of the United States; her husband was Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), the only American President to to be elected to that office four consecutive times. Eleanor served as the U.S. Delegate to the United Nations for several years, and she famously advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. As for the woman in the picture, the history books show nothing of what she has accomplished in her life. I don’t even know her name. I can only admire the kindness and intelligence I see etched into her face and the tenacity with which I imagine she gripped her hold on life … as must we all when we feel our life has purpose. Not all of us are born to do noble things that others will talk and write about long after we’re gone … like Eleanor Roosevelt. Most of us are born to make our mark on the world simply through the way we touch the lives of those around us. We may never write books, hold political office, or travel the world, but we write our stories on the hearts of those we communicate with each and every day. That is OUR contribution to the world. So when you gaze upon an elderly person, imagine them as young and vibrant, and then take note of the effects that their time in this world has had upon them. They wear their life stories displayed on their bodies like a living, breathing sculpture, there for all to observe, interpret, and appreciate like any other fine work of art.