Litany of Elegance

Blessed is the woman who affirms herself each day
Blessed is the woman who believes that beauty comes from within.
Blessed is the woman who challenges media stereotypes of aging.
Blessed is the woman who dares to try something new after fifty.
Blessed is the woman who envisions change as an opportunity.
Blessed is the woman who focuses on the “bigger picture” - not just herself.
Blessed is the woman who grants herself permission to make mistakes.
Blessed is the woman who handles adversity with dignity and grace.
Blessed is the woman who initiates dialogue with her younger counterparts.
Blessed is the woman who joins a group trying to make a difference.
Blessed is the woman who knows the difference between aggression and assertiveness.
Blessed is the woman who learns the difference between sex and love.
Blessed is the woman who manages her money wisely.
Blessed is the woman who nurtures the young with her wisdom and experience.
Blessed is the woman who opens her heart to the less fortunate.
Blessed is the woman who prioritizes her needs with integrity.
Blessed is the woman who questions The Establishment when she sees immorality.
Blessed is the woman who relishes her role as mentor and legacy leader.
Blessed is the woman who speaks with quiet authority.
Blessed is the woman who trusts her instincts on when to act.
Blessed is the woman who understands that aging gracefully is something to be proud of.
Blessed is the woman who values her own worth.
Blessed is the woman who wears her silver hair and wrinkles like a badge of honor.
Blessed is the woman who opts to X out negative thinking.
Blessed is the woman who yearns for that which is substantial and not superficial.
Blessed is the woman who zeroes in on the qualities that will help her become

… a Woman of Elegance

~~ Chloe Jon Paul

Author's Bio: 

Chloe Jon Paul, M.Ed., is a retired educator and writer of several published articles and two books: What Happens Next: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits…and More.
Entering the Age of Elegance: A Rite of Passage & Practical Guide for the
Modern Maturing Woman

Her many achievements include:
• Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003
• Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to south Africa, 1996
• Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate
• Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years
• State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association’s caregiver community action network 2006-2008
• Advisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Com-
Mission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging
• Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer
• Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church
• World traveler – all 7 continents

Chloe’s philosophy of life is: find a need and fill it. She is the proud mother of son, Dominic and daughter, Alessa. Her 3 grandsons are her greatest joy. Chloe resides in Bowie, MD.