Eye of the Beholder

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. –Audrey Hepburn

As a woman, I’ve heard my entire life the saying, “beauty is only skin deep”.  I’ve been told and probably even said that looks are superficial. But the truth is we live in a society, and we always have, that values beauty.  A society that creates certain images of beauty that the average woman will never live up to without a little nip, tuck and Photoshop!  All of this preoccupation with appearance can really wreak havoc on your self-esteem and self-worth.  I think we are now living in an age where physical beauty with respect to someone’s facial features or hair or even skin tone has become redefined and we are finally seeing individual beauty develop and shine to some extent.

But the body image issue and ideal is still very prevalent.  I just wish we would all just wake up and realize the damaging messages we’re sending to our daughters.  I’m here to tell you BRAINS top beauty any day.  Be happy, be HEALTHY and live an authentic life! Resist the urge to compare yourself to others. That’s what I want my daughter to learn. Don’t ever fall into the trap of believing what others say about you, because then you become stagnant.  You become fearful. You become a slave to trying to please the world.  As women we possess more power than we know but as long as we measure that power by our dress size or length of our hair and nails. . .we will never be able to TRULY harness that power. Let me be clear: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH TAKING PRIDE IN YOUR APPEARANCE.  However don’t obsess.  Don’t let one bad hair day or a few extra pounds destroy you, you’re more than your appearance.

This overly passionate post was inspired by the Dove Real Beauty Sketches. A VERY powerful piece.  A sketch artist asked women (who were hidden from his view) to describe themselves.  Then he asked the women to describe each other.  In EVERY case where a woman described herself, she focused on her flaws.  The images he drew of them (based on their own descriptions) were unattractive and unflattering. But the images of what other people saw were much more accurate to how they looked.  Take a look HERE.

How would you describe yourself? If you don’t think you’re beautiful and capable of amazing things, it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, does it?  Love yourself. Compliment yourself. Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you!

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