I was listening to NPR’s On Point and the guests were talking about middle age. Pamela Druckerman, a Journalist and author, said,
“The nature of beauty changes as you get older. You are no longer beautiful because you are unlined, perfect and firm everywhere. You look in your 40s and beyond like you have a story. And the kind of French twist on this is to say it is this story that makes you beautiful. This one woman said to me ‘We are not frozen. We are alive.’ The beauty is to see who someone is.”
We often associate a youthful look with beauty. Then, I realized that a youthful look is beautiful because it conveys the imagination, the will, the energy and the potential. Of course, I’m not going to toss out my eye cream and give out the routine of my minimal skin care, but I could see the necessity for anti-aging treatment for the mind—keep staying curious, trying, learning, contemplating and dreaming.
We are educated to be presentable, but what is more important is to have a story to present.
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I was working in a local coffee shop and a lady, who was sitting next to me and looked agitated for a while, finally called an employee over. “It seems that the internet is not working.” The server looked at her phone and said sympathetically, “Yes, it is slow.” The customer continued, “Usually, it takes a second to download this file, but it hasn’t even started.” The server shrugged. “It sometimes depends on how many people are using the internet.” Then, she added. “You know, it’s free internet.”
Looking more frustrated, the customer packed up and walked off. In 2-3 minutes, a couple of customers also left holding their laptops in their hands. When asked, the same server gave them the same answer: “It’s free internet.”
That server thinks that she sells coffee to the customers. That’s what the menu says and that’s what the receipts show. However, the customers purchased the whole package of experience associated with coffee.
I’m afraid that this server would realize what the store actually sells only after she starts losing customers. Only after she starts to see a difference in the number of the receipts she collects.