What is beauty?
What a question! We’re always saying that every woman has her own special beauty, and helping us all become more truly beautiful women is one of the key things that motivates us as a team. In this blog I wanted to share a few thoughts on what real beauty is all about.
In the world we live in today our culture often gives us a twisted view of true beauty – a desire for physical ‘perfection’/extravagance/overt sexuality. Many people, especially women, feel inadequate because they don’t bear enough resemblance to the flawless, airbrushed examples of gorgeousness they see all over the media. Deep down we know that’s not true but we fall for it sometimes, don’t we?
The dictionary definition of beauty is; ‘the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and mind’ – which I rather like.
I believe that beauty is a God given gift to be enjoyed. You only have to look around you to see myriad examples of it on a daily basis – just a glance up at the sky reveals an ever changing panorama of beauty (unless of course, it happens to be one of those grey, grizzly autumn days…!). Sunrise, sunset, cloudscapes and stars – I’m sure I don’t need to go on.
I also believe, (along with Collins Concise English Dictionary), that beauty is to do with the whole person, rather than just externals. Yes, aesthetics are a large part of beauty, but I’m sure that by now you must have heard us banging on about people being beautiful “inside and out”. That’s because the two are intrinsically linked!
We often illustrate this with a list of ‘beauty tips’ often quoted by one of our heroines – Audrey Hepburn – which are as follows:
- For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
- For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
- For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
- For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
- For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
- People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anybody.
- As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
- True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows
I think you know what I am getting at!
As a team, we find it hard to talk about beauty without referring to what inspires us to do what we do. We think that our very desire to create and enhance beauty is God given. Rather than being obsessed about how we look, we want to enjoy being who we are created to be, and to inhabit the totally unique beauty which belongs to each of us personally.