Happy Monday, Friends!
One of the main focuses of Skin Deep Exposures is the transformation of the idea of beauty and the realization of the beauty that lives within each of us. So what does that mean, exactly?
Beauty is one of those words that is both a treasure and a curse for women. Every woman has the longing to be beautiful, it is how we were created. While none of us would turn down the kind of “beauty” that stops traffic or launches a thousand ships, the beauty that we long for is much more than a pretty face or a perfectly proportioned body. Though the level of outer “good looking-ness” we posses is often the measuring stick against which we are judged upon first impressions, it is certainly NOT what makes us beautiful!
Beauty is as simple as a smile for a stranger, a heart that breaks in response to the struggles of someone outside of themselves, the giving of your favorite coat to the homeless man on the corner who is shivering under a worn sweater.
Beauty is in the genuine laughter that springs from a heart full of joy, the silent, non-judgmental solidarity of a friend, the love that is freely given and asks nothing in return.
There is beauty in sacrifice, in endurance, in a gentle touch and a solid faith. Beauty is forgiveness undeserved and humility in exchange for pride. Beauty is the voice of strength and courage and the ability to inspire others through a life led by example. Beauty is the realization of a dream and the passion to fight even when the odds are stacked against you. Beauty is the ability to think for yourself, to educate yourself, to refuse to be a bystander. Beauty is a life lived selflessly with unwavering moral conviction, unafraid of failure in the pursuit of passion, unwilling to compromise character for success and valuing truth, faith and a love of others above all else.
Beauty is in those things that set us apart, that make us loyal friends, faithful spouses, thoughtful children, gentle teachers and steady parents. Beauty is that which causes those people who walk into our lives to be effected in a way that leaves a positive mark long after we have departed company.
I am sure that if asked, each of us could easily come up with the name of one person in our lives who embodies the essence of true beauty. It is easy to recognize beauty in others as we stand on the outside and admire their strengths, are inspired by their courage or are uplifted by their gentleness. What is often infinitely more difficult is recognizing the beauty within our own hearts and lives.
This week I would like to lay out a challenge to make a real and honest commitment to discovering the beauty within YOU! It is there, I promise. You are much more beautiful than you know- or than you are willing to give yourself credit for anyway.