You Can’t Put a Price on Good Advice
When 92-year-old Wanda B. Goines recited her poem “The Gift Wrap & The Jewel” as her caregiver watched on with a camera, she never could have guessed the effect that her words would have on the world. Kathryn Wilson, Goines’ caregiver, uploaded the video to Facebook, where it has since been viewed more than 4.5 million times, and for a good reason.
Goines is a resident of Portland, Oregon. She is the mother of eight children, grandmother to 15, and great-grandmother to four. One of Goines’ children is David Lance Goines, internationally acclaimed artist. Even with all of his fame, David attributes his success to his mother, who was the only art teacher he ever had. Wanda Goines has always been an artist and a wordsmith, amazingly making her debut as a published author at 87 with Bunnyfluff Wants to Fly.
Looking back at her life, the message of Wanda Goines’ new poem “The Gift Wrap & The Jewel,” carries an important message: that it’s not what’s on the outside that’s important, but who we truly are within. Wanda’s heartfelt delivery of the poem is a must watch — especially at the end (get ready for the tears) — but the text of the poem is as follows:
“I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me
With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection,
How did you get there?”
You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak, when I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, you’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift-wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen, and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift-wrap’s stripped away your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity
After the video went viral, Wanda’s son David told the Huffington Post exactly what that meant for their family. “She is not long for this earth, and it delights her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as all those who know her and love her, that she is able to make a contribution to the world, even as she is leaving it.”
Watch the beautiful video below, and SHARE this life advice with somebody you love — they’ll thank you later.
At :30, you’ll be amazed by her wisdom. By 1:05, she’ll have you in tears.