The Beauty Within
It’s not easy in today’s society to truly feel beautiful. We as women are bombarded everywhere we turn by images and voices telling us we are imperfect creatures. Millions of dollars are made by various companies and advertisers, telling us we can achieve perfection. The purchase of some “beauty” product; eating or NOT eating certain foods, exercising with this piece of equipment or that one, camouflaging or uncovering certain body parts…Lord, it never ends.
Unfortunately, for a vast number of women we ‘buy’ into it, literally. We spend dollar after dollar on cosmetic products that one by one pile up in our “make-up” drawer.
Exercise videos and exercise equipment by one ‘perfect’ physical specimen after another (who because of our hard-earned money can now afford liposuction), chemical processes and extensions in our hair to achieve the most “flattering’ styles, we offer bodies up to the sacrificial alter of beauty to be plucked, waxed, shaved , exfoliated, nipped, tucked and for what? So we can continue to chase the always unattainable beauty ideal?
Bible famous verse of Self Improvement
Corinthians 5:17 ESV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come
Don’t get me wrong, I prefer to shave my legs, I nail polish and lipstick and make-up. And I don’t wear socks with sandals. But I’d like to think that if one day I awoke and couldn’t wear one cosmetic product. Relax my ethnic hair or lose that extra 5 lbs; I would know that I was still a beautiful woman. And extraneous physical accouterments aside, I would not cease to be a lovely unique human being.
This is what concerns me now that I have a daughter. Looking into the future dread the day when she will come crying, because someone at school told her she was ugly. As we all know kids can be cruel and most times they’re repeating the things they hear at home.
I would like to able not just tell her with loving words, but show her by life example that she’s beautiful girl. I want her to see that she is beautiful; not because of what she wears, applies to her face or hair or by how much she weighs.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
I want my daughter to grow up with the knowledge that, true beauty comes from within and radiates outside. In the acts of kindness and consideration you give to others, the way you love and respect yourself. The joy in sharing time with family and friends, and the sacrifices you make so that others can be happy.
True beauty is loving yourself no matter what your shade, size, financial or educational situation. I hope as she grows up this obsessed world, that she can pass every reflection of herself with a smile. And security and peace. I am only just reaching that place myself.
It’s taken years spending, you can’t find a bottle which can only come from within.