Thursday, March 8, 2007

Happy Women's Day!

To all the women out there, I wish you the happiest of days! If you were so lucky to live in a former soviet block country you would have been treated to flowers, cards, and general well wishes today. If you were really lucky, you would have had the day off. Now that, I say, is truly a cause for celebration.

I have been thinking a bit lately about beauty and what makes a person beautiful and attractive. To quote my sister, there are very few hideous people out there. That being said, there are also very few knock-your-head-right-off stunningly drop-dead-gorgeous people. And everyone else.......falls somewhere between. So then what makes a person beautiful? I would say personality and self-confidence. People who are kind, loving, funny, quirky, intelligent, loyal, and genuinely nice. There are loads of beautiful people out there: old, young, male, and female.

I see too many women try to primp, prop, squeeze, shove to conform to some sort of societal idea of good looks. I see beautiful young girls depressed depressed because they don't like their body, face, ears, eyes, nose, etc. I hear about women being in unhealthy relationships because they need to feel validated and attractive. I wish they could see how beautiful they really are. And I wish that we as a society wouldn't focus so much on the superficial but rather on what really matters.

So in celebration of women and their overall fabulousness, I have included the following poem. The poem has been incorrectly attributed to Audrey Hepburn. However, it was a favorite of hers, and I believe that she actually practiced what she preached.....making her beautiful both inside and out.

Time-Tested Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
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 fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone ...

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Sam Levenson

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