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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: Age of Elegance
By Diana Amadeo


I am a crone, a fierce lioness who has survived life’s struggles. What didn’t kill me, left me stronger yet soft enough to nurture others in need. I am wiser simply from experiencing life up to now. I see my advancing age not as a burden, but as a sacred gift. Some of my friends have left this earth before experiencing this age of elegance.

To be a “crone” or a “wise woman” means that you accept the divine nod in recognition of your inner strength. You have been tested with hardships or obstacles and have dug deep to overcome them. You didn’t give up even when tempted. You faced your mistakes, took ownership, begged forgiveness and moved on. When you hit rock bottom you refused to sink into the mud and despair. You put on your shoes with springs of resiliency and bounced right back onto the playing field.

The crone has tapped into an empowerment that is uniquely her own. She is able to look over the rich, colorful tapestry of her life with a sense of pride and deep satisfaction. A job well done. But it’s not a job that’s over. If something was wrong, if an opportunity was missed, there is still time to achieve that purpose in life.

I have experienced that justice is not a myth. Nature has been constructed that for every action there is a reaction. I can let go of the manipulation and cruelty of others much better now than in the past, because life has shown me that ultimately what goes around comes around. Sooner or later, in one way or another there is justice. Lies, political spin, the use of God to further one’s own agenda becomes more transparent to the crone.

The crone has developed a maturity toward letting go. Forgiveness need not be spontaneous but allowed to evolve. Forgiveness doesn’t condone another’s bad behavior. Letting go is invigorating; holding onto pain is draining. The crone has learned to set reasonable boundaries to honor her inner strength and peace. She has learned that personal success is the best revenge. She uses positive energy towards positive outcomes. She doesn’t allow her positive energy to be drained by those who decide to live destructively.

The years ahead may bring health concerns, empty nest syndrome, sandwich generation issues and loss of family or friends. But the crone has a mature outlook on life. She is wise and thoughtful. She is patient and resourceful. The crone has proven that she
can handle whatever life deals her with grace and dignity. She has survived and now moves through the rest of her life with understated knowledge and power. Yet the crone is still open to learn, even the simplest things.

I embrace my cronehood. I love who I am right now at this stage in my life. And it can’t get any better than that.

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Virgil Youngblood 06/04/09
I like the inner peace the mc has found. I'm not sure the dictionary definition of "crone" supports the way you have defined it. However, your meaning of the term is clear from your writing and I enjoyed your story.
Robyn Burke06/04/09
Amen, preach it sister. Can totally identify with the voice of your MC. good- no, great descriptions and use of words. yes, living well is the best revenge. and letting go brings more healing and peace then one can imagine. "Become better not bitter" Very sweet!
Janice Fitzpatrick06/05/09
Well done. How true is your message and how sweet to let go of wrong doings and the past, learn from it and grow and dwell on the sweetness the Lord has given. I liked the voice of the M C. I too have become a crone, middle aged, and sometimes have allowed myself what I thought was the luxury of self pity and complaint but praise the Lord there is so much more richness in praise and trusting in His promises, isn't there? Hallelujah. Again great job hon.Lord bless ya, sister "crone." Grin.