Apr 17, 2013


I mentioned in yesterday's post some things that have been worrying me about the concept of "beauty".  Specifically how it is being defined socially and how my girls are digesting it.  I posted yesterday afternoon and then last night one of my Facebook friends, not knowing I had made those comments, shared the following video.  It's pretty amazing and well worth your time. It's a short study/experiment done by Dove.

It's human nature to pick out our flaws and wish we looked different but like the video says in the end, "We are all more beautiful than we think".

I'm hanging on to that thought today and hopefully it will stay with me for a long time as I navigate the whole beauty thing with my daughters.  They are beautiful girls but I don't want them to get so caught up in their outward looks that they forget to develop the beauties inside that really matter.

I read some where about a mom who would encourage her daughters to do everything they could at home to look their best but then she'd say, once you leave the house forget yourself, and your looks, and serve others. I fully agree with that.  It goes hand in hand with my favorite two words "Kindness Matters" and if they can be kind and help others feel beautiful, well, that is beauty in action and that's really all I can hope for.


Anonymous said...

I didn't watch the video so I can't comment on that. I totally get what you are saying about beauty, though. Real beauty isn't on the surface. Real beauty is in the character of the person. Someone can be gorgeous on the surface but so shallow and ugly in character that no one wants to be around them. On the other hand, someone can be not as attractive physically and because of a beautiful spirit and character can be someone everyone wants to be around, the person many look up to and are inspired by, etc. It's great to look your best, but BEING your best is far more important and where true beauty lies IMO.

Jil ~ said...

Loved this post. I saw the video on FB and loved it. It's crazy how we are our own worst critics. But I also loved the part about beauty in action. I think that is the most important thing you can teach your daughters! Way to go Amy!!