Friday, January 2, 2009

What Is Beauty?

It is not a dress size.
It cannot be bottled and sold.
Beauty is not a label.
It is not a word reserved for the perfect.
It is not flawless skin.
It is not perfect coiffures and perky breasts.
Beauty is not grace.
It is not lengthy legs
Or hourglass figures.
Beauty is not full, pouty lips.
It is not what you see in glamour magazines.
Beauty is not something to be achieved.
It is not something to be coveted.
It is not at all what you think it is.
Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is weathered hands from doing laundry.
It is the uneven proportions of the common woman.
It is ivory, ebony and every color in between.
Beauty is the sweat beaded brow from childbirth.
It is the tears of pain and joy that fall from loving eyes.
It is the lines etched from a mother's worry.

Beauty is truth.
Beauty is courage.
Beauty is compassion and generosity.
It is plump, it is thin.
It is tall, it is short.
It is what stares back at us in the mirror,
Longing to be recognized.
Beauty is real.
Beauty is you.
Beauty is in the eye of she who chooses to see it in herself.

May you see the beauty that is in you throughout the new year.

Thank you Patty~you are beautiful!


Natalia said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing it!

Manuela said...

This was such a perfect post from Patty at Attitude Changes Everything!

We are so hard on ourselves that even when we achieve goals we still don't realize the beauty that is US!

Natalia said...

Hey Manuela Did Patty change the location of her blog? I have her on my google reader and the last post I show for her is on Dec 11th....

Hanlie said...

That really is food for thought. Thank you for sharing it!

Katschi (Karen) said...

Thank You, Manuela! Truly.

JC said...

Love this!!! Reading it has made my morning. Thanks.

Tena said...

Love, love, love this! We are hard on ourselves. Society gives off such a warped sense of self. This helps us to remember to look at more than what we see in the mirror! Thanks!

MB said...

Beautiful ... it is nice to be reminded of what real beauty is ...

Linda said...

That is BEAUTIFUL! Thankyou for sharing this.

Hugs xx

PEA said...

I'm my own worst critic so it's lovely to be reminded this way that we are all beautiful inside and out:-) xoxo

sherre said...

EXCELLENT reminder! Thank you for sharing.

Take One Stripper Pole said...

Very cool my friend! Thanks for sharing ... and where has Patty been hiding!

Blubbery Blogger said...

Thank you for this post Manuela, it's so true, we just all need to believe it!

Big Girl said...

Thanks for the reminder. I love this.

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