adjective: pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.
Beautiful. Such an interesting word. we use it in so many different forms throughout our life but rarely ever towards ourselves. Maybe because we’ve been swindled into thinking that beauty comes from our physical appearance. At an early age, we teach little girls about what the world views as beautiful.
From television to billboards, to even dolls, we have been slowly but surely polluting the brains of our little girls to believe that outer beauty is what matters in life for a woman. The pressure to be perfect sets in early on and it’s a battle every woman has to face as they continue to grow.
Most of the time when we see images of these “perfect” women who have rock solid abs, flawless skin, and long thick luscious hair, the first thing it triggers in our mind is insecurity. After the insecurity sets in we start to feel resentment toward these women who we know nothing about. Let me say that one again, WE FEEL RESENTMENT TOWARD WOMEN WE HAVE NEVER MET. How sad is that?
I believe the reason we feel those things is because the media tells us that in order to be “beautiful” you have to look a certain way. When we aren’t able to attain that perfection we begin to belittle ourselves and even other women around us. Here’s the secret though there are so many other forms of beauty and they are so much more important than having a pretty face.
For instance, being smart is beautiful. If you are able to have an intellectual conversation whether it be about politics and the world around you or even math, that makes you beautiful.
Being creative is beautiful. If you are able to hold a paint brush in your hand and paint your feelings out onto a canvas or use a pencil to draw out a scene and make it come to life, that makes you beautiful.
Being sensitive is beautiful. If you are able to feel every emotion not only for yourself but for another and take them full on, that makes you beautiful.
Being compassionate is beautiful. If you are able to be there for someone in a time of need and hurt without even hesitating, that makes you beautiful.
Society often down plays these things that actually make someone BEAUTIFUL. They sweep them aside, saying “If you have those qualities it’s cool I guess, but all you really need is a rockin’ bod and some hair extensions,” but, in reality, our physical appearance should be the last thing we are worried about.
Maybe if we all paid a little more attention to what our hearts looked like every day, rather than our hair we wouldn’t all be so insecure.
Maybe, just maybe if we began to teach the next generation of girls about what true beauty is; they could be the ones to start seeing each other as humans with beautiful qualities, rather than just a beautiful body to compete with.
I’m not saying that we women shouldn’t do our hair, or be conscious of how we look but I believe that our outer appearance should never impact the way others value us and the way we value ourselves.
Point being this:
1 Peter 3:3-4
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight
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