I love watching television shows like What Not to Wear and How to Look Good Naked. In case you don’t know, these shows give women a self-esteem makeover by showing them now they can look fabulous without dieting, liposuction, facelifts, etc.
They do this by showing them how to choose clothing that flatters them and how the right hairstyle and a bit of makeup can help them feel better about how they look.
To be honest, there was a time when I would have dismissed that kind of thing as superficial fluff. That was before I was ready to deal with my own self esteem issues.
To be beautiful is to be powerful.
You might say it is just a cultural thing, but we women need to feel good about ourselves and our appearance, no matter our age, or shape, or size.
There is no denying the power of beauty. To be beautiful is to be powerful.
When you reach the point where you can recognize the beauty you possess, you will feel its strength empowering you in all areas of your life.
But, if you are like most women, you probably don’t see yourself as particularly beautiful or powerful. And that’s a shame. Every woman is beautiful.
This is the most important thing you need to know about beauty: beauty is not about how you look. Beauty is about how you feel and how you project yourself to the world.
Beauty equals attitude plus actions.
Beauty is as beauty does. (Thank you Forrest Gump!) Would a beautiful woman wear those old pyjama pants to Walmart?
When you act like a beautiful person, and carry yourself like a beautiful person, those around you can tell. People will treat you better. You will receive the respect and attention that we all deserve.
Taking a bit of time to pull yourself together with decent clothing, combed hair, and maybe a little lipstick and mascara, will make you feel prettier and stand a little taller.
And I am not saying you need a ton of makeup and the latest, most fashionable clothing. The key to beauty is attitude. Attitude and actions build upon one another.
Accept and celebrate who you are.
For me it starts with acceptance. I am who God made me. I am not a princess or a famous movie actress.
But I can accept, and even celebrate, who I am, even with all my imperfections. (We all have them. Even princesses and famous movie actresses.)
It took me a long time to get here, but I am happier with myself now, with my extra pounds, grey hair, and wrinkles, than I ever was when I was younger, thinner, and wrinkle-free.
There is something inherently beautiful about a woman who accepts and celebrates who she is.
And there is something to be said for the power of beauty. To be beautiful is to be powerful.
Beauty is not about how you look. Beauty is about how you feel and how you project yourself to the world.