A Moment to Reflect

20 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect -20

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the American humourist, novelist, and creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, is better known by his pen name of Mark Twain. 

Among his most memorable phrases and sayings you’ll find

‘There are lies, damned lies, and statistics’

‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started’ and

‘Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’

However, the one I want to focus on in this short reflection is his assertion that:

 “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.” ― Mark Twain

This is of course little more than wishful thinking. The reality for most of us is that when we start to develop wrinkles they don’t just show ‘where our smiles have been’ they also bear witness to our past worries, hurts and fears. 

As I said a couple of days ago, “for me the faces of older people are often the most interesting— they have so many more stories etched into them.” 

I hope today’s portrait is a good illustration of that. It shows the face of someone who has experienced a lot—much of it far from easy. It also shows a face of wisdom and kindness, ‘the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.’ It was a privilege to meet her.

You can find her family’s story here: Tent of Nations / Nassar Farm But most of all what I notice is that the lines of the smiles are stronger and deeper than any of other furrows. This is a face filled with faith.

When you look in the mirror, what story does your face tell?