Friday, May 2, 2014


Radiant and Ageless Aunty, 82 years young 
at home in her kitchen and ready to serve
I remember while my grandmother was alive, Aunty (who was her sister) often cut my grandmother’s toenails and that was after she washed and wiped all of Nana’s dishes.
How is that for an act of real humility?

Humility is a quality that I see less and less of these days and one that I truly admire.
 Aunty welcomed giving of herself. When I think of Aunty running next door cleaning up after and tending to her gravely ill sister-in-law, all those late nights for what seemed like years, and fearlessly wanting to help the homeless (treating the drunken man on the street as if he were a newborn baby kitty in the rain)  I see humility in action.
Aunty simply had radar for those in need and compassion for the burdened. Like the times she brushed her sisters hair or cleaned her house. Perhaps my Nana was tired, or had a bad day. Aunty just did these genuine acts of kindness always on her own without being asked. At the time I didn’t really think about it but I can clearly see now how humble and virtuous Aunty really was. She was the epitome of selfless humility (and so was my Uncle D).  I want to be more like them!
For readers of Ageless with Aunty I am asking you to help make the world or certainly your world a little more Aunty-like. See how it feels to step out of yourself…even for a few hours and actually think of serving others.
Being humble is a true virtue and really does light up the world. Besides, you can’t feel bad when you treat a fellow human being good.

A halo diminishes any lines or wrinkles. Just look at Aunty (ABOVE)
Aunty didn't look too much different than this
at the time of her death at 88 years old!

Humility is a quite noble attitude, it is respectable, uplifting, ineffable, divine; it is the attribute of individuals who are strong and wise. Can you think about people in your life that are very strong but humble at the same time? I can and its very easy to respect what they say and do.  Humility means to profoundly and sincerely admit the value of the fellow people. 

Are you humble? Can you be even more humble? This is something I am self-reflecting upon these days. Will you join me?
Side note: when I was a little girl Aunty would wash my hair with HALO I can think of this as getting a head start:)


Unknown said...

Halo! Here's a head start on your birthday:

Happy Birthday and Renée-a-polooza Month!

brianamet said...

Hope your birthday was a wonderful day for you..this was a really nice read...the halo shampoo reference was great!

Michael said...

Humility is a real virtue and one that can be attained with sincerity and honesty. I agree that it is lacking in today's society or we need more of it. I will like to think of myself as humble but need to serve others more. I believe that being kind to others is just another way of serving and helping. Thanks for awakening our consciousness.

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to reminisce about your aunt and uncle on humility. It shows that you learned a real virtue from them and gained a lot of respect. Some of us do not put these virtues or values into practice as it involves disciple, goodness and perseverance.

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