I’ve been feeling decidedly less secure about how I look recently. And that’s never a good thing. In the mirror I see a woman looking back at me who I often don’t recognize. It’s the little things that start to take their toll on my psyche – the texture of my skin, new lines or wrinkles, freckles that become brown spots and, of course, the ever attractive visible pores. I appreciate it’s just a simple combination of father time, genetics and a little too much sun worshipping – but sometimes hard to swallow none the less.
It was actually starting to get me down a little, until I watched an old Audrey Hepburn movie (Robin and Marian), and I was brought back to my senses. For me Audrey was always the epitome of grace, dignity and beauty from when I was a little girl to the day she died. She lived a full and wonderful life and in the end you could see it all written there – on that magical face of hers.
First of all, I wouldn’t want to change one thing about the way I achieved all these imperfections on my face. I have had a lot of fun and many adventures in my 50 years on this planet. So, why not work on moving through the next 50 with as much beauty and grace as I can muster?
It is said that one of Audrey’s favorite verses, which was written by her friend Sam Levenson, was read to her grandchildren the last Christmas Eve she was on this earth. I think its valuable to pull it out every now and then in an effort to gain some perspective about what’s really important.
So, for any and all of you out there thinking your external beauty is fading, take a moment and remember what’s really important about living and loving. It’s what we do, and not what we are on the outside, that counts.
“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