Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

August 12, 2017

Beauty is a combination of qualities that please the aesthetic senses.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another person.

Beauty differs in different cultures and our perception of beauty changes continually.  It is so easy to get caught up in the abundance of images that are thrown at us each day of what we are supposed to believe as ‘beauty’.  Beauty is how you feel about yourself, not what you are shown on television and not what you see in the mirror.  Don’t try to live up to what others perceive to be beautiful.  Be your own kind of beautiful.

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Beauty to me is something natural, unaffected and in a pristine and fresh condition, for example, an untouched stretch of beach or a wild and tropical rainforest full of fantastic smells, sights and sounds.  Things of nature are the most beautiful things in the world in my eyes.

To others, these things are abhorrent – beaches – yuk – hot, sweaty, sandy and salty.  Rainforests – humid,  itchy, bitey and dark.

I feel beautiful when I am happy.  Many things combine to make us feel beautiful.  Maybe it’s your strength and confidence. Maybe it’s your positivity, your compassion and kindness or your willingness to love. Maybe it’s your family and friends. It could be your love of colour, both to wear and in the world around you. It could be your smile and sparkling eyes, your hair or your teeth. It could be your success, your honesty and dependability, your acceptance of others, your humour or your energy. It could be when you feel passionate about something.

In this Photo:  Coral Beach Short Kaftan

If you feel beautiful on the inside, that beauty radiates from every pore of your body.  It affects the way you hold yourself, the way you walk and the way you interact with others.  This then affects the way people see you and interact with you.

It is not always easy to feel beautiful, sometimes things get us down, leaving us feeling quite the opposite of beautiful.  When these situations occur, take a step back, mentally throw away those thoughts or the situation that is causing your angst, concentrate on yourself and transport yourself to the place that makes you feel alive and happy and your beautiful self will return.  Shake off those negative thoughts and people.

Photo:  courtesy of Canva

We are all special in our own way, and feeling beautiful goes a long way towards making you feel special.  The biggest lie that can creep into your head is the thought that you are not special and you are not beautiful.  Evict that thought immediately!! it is not true and it is not helpful to your well being.

I am beautiful…..say it out loud…..and keep saying it.  Self-acceptance is the first step to achieve true beauty.

In this Photo:  Secret Garden Short Kaftan

Whilst researching the word ‘beautiful’ I came across a YouTube video by ‘For Your Life’ called ‘True Meaning of Beauty’ – how women across the world are feeling beautiful in their skin.  The video shows a large store with 2 doors.  There is a sign over one door that says ‘average’, over the other door the sign says ‘beautiful’.  It is very interesting to see how many women choose the average door and how many choose the ‘beautiful’ door, and why they made their choice.

Click for the link to the video

Which door would you choose?

 

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