Beauty is as Beauty Does - a Perspective

Pretty is as pretty does is a philosophy my mom taught me from a young age
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The Perspectives Team
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The Perspectives Team

MickeySr. hand-picked the team. Each month we have a different topic to which we offer our take or perspective. The team consists of MickeySr ., Maria aka marcoujor, MartieCoetser, Docmo, Vickiw and myself. Each month we invite a guest author. This month we are pleased to have Mary aka tillsontitan and Michelle Liew join us. Welcome!

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My mother’s voice resonates in my mind as I write these words. Actually, the phrase I heard growing up is “pretty is as pretty does”, but you get the idea. I suppose these words can be considered a family heirloom, as my grandmother said the same words to my mom as she was growing up.

Pretty is as pretty does. What do these words mean when placed in a sentence? Simply put, they mean exactly what they indicate. These words are the life philosophy with which my mother was raised and passed on to me. If you are kind to others, show compassion and love, you gain beauty of the soul. You exude all that is positive and beautiful in this world.

You've heard it before

You’ve all heard the aphorism, “beauty is only skin deep”. I don’t know where that came from, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Outer beauty is no indication of what lies within the spirit of the bearer of a pretty face and perfect body - or anyone for that matter. How many people have you met in your life that turned out to be ugly in their actions, words and treatment of others but look like they belong in Cosmo or GQ?

Now do you see? Beauty is as beauty does. Pretty is as pretty does.

Is outer beauty all that concerns you?
Is outer beauty all that concerns you? | Source

When did we lose sight?

Our society is hung up on exterior presence. We are consumed with outer appearances. Fashion is more important than nurturing our souls. Tummy tucks, face lifts, six pack abs, firm tight butts, hair styles and altering the natural course of aging have taken the place of being the best we can be.

When did society become so misdirected, self-centered and misaligned?

Why do people think erasing the evidence of a life of laughter through Botox injections is preferable to sporting those laugh lines with pride? So what if you’ve gained a few pounds. It happens. Has it changed who you are inside? Have changes to your body affected your soul and spirit? Have physical changes compromised your compassion? How about your ability to see the beauty in life and others?

Totem pole of priorities
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Does your soul shine and exude beauty?
Does your soul shine and exude beauty? | Source
The beautiful souls of my son and niece shine through to their faces.  The beauty comes from within.
The beautiful souls of my son and niece shine through to their faces. The beauty comes from within. | Source
Do you show your emotions or keep them boxed in?
Do you show your emotions or keep them boxed in? | Source

Let your soul guide you

Beauty is as beauty does.

Beauty is not deemed by appearance. Appearances are deceiving. Appearance should be way down on the totem pole of priorities. Beauty runs much deeper than your façade.

I believe we all come into this life with a pre-determined amount of days on Earth assigned to us. I also believe our souls live for eternity. As such, nurturing our souls and those of others should be paramount in our everyday existence. What legacy do you want to leave behind? That you were a sharp dresser, perfectly applied your makeup and were the epitome of physical perfection? Or do you want to be remembered as someone who was a beautiful person?

More importantly, how do you want to be perceived in the here and now?

What are you doing to bring out the beauty of your inner being? What are you doing to help others see the beauty within them? Are you feeding your soul? Are you helping it to shine forth? Are you kind to others? Do you cry freely, laugh openly and dance when the mood strikes you? Or do you suppress your emotions? Your emotions are the voice God gave your soul. Let it speak. Listen to what it has to say. Let your soul guide you.

Please take a moment to reflect

Which is most important to you with regard to beauty?

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Absorb the message

Beauty is as beauty does.

Absorb the message and pass it on. We can make the world a better place if we redirect our priorities. That means going inside yourself and letting your soul guide your actions. It means realizing that your outer self will one day be dead and buried.

And then where will you be?

What will you leave behind? What part of you will continue on after you leave this Earth?

Beauty is as beauty does.

It’s not too late to live a life of beauty. It’s not too late to see the beauty of life and all of its inhabitants.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Beauty is as beauty does. Make this your mantra and live life with all the beauty of you!


Peace,

Bravewarrior



Shauna L Bowling

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Right on as always, Sha! Let's face it, if beauty always mattered I would still be looking for my first date. LOL There is a lot to be said for inner beauty, and thank God I have some of that.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reminding us all of what really matters.

love,

bill


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bill, I'm thankful for my inner beauty because my outer beauty has definitely left the building!

Have a great weekend my friend.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I think you really nailed this topic very well. I think about the legacy I will leave behind and several things I do are based on this view. Therefirore, this hub is perfect for me and my beliefs. I think inner beauty translated into how we treat others, and not just our loved ones, really counts in this lifetime. Voted up and awesome.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

"these words can be considered a family heirloom" . . . I wonder, do non-writers have family heirloom words?

“'beauty is only skin deep'. I don’t know where that came from" . . . David Ruffin, 1966


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

I do love the concept of living a 'life of beauty' - your family heirlooms are precious to all of us too, so thank you for sharing them. Great message as always and really brings this perspective to life...


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Sha,

I love the beautiful picture of you and your Momma. Your perspective feels right to me, as I was raised by parents with the same life philosophy.

I join you with my laugh lines and " couple" extra pounds...they make us the amazing, wise and beautiful girls we are...!

Sha is as Sha does, too, btw! Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pamela, you are so right. It's who we are that counts, not how we look on the outside.

Thanx for enlightening me, Mickey. I always wondered where that phrase came from!

Doc, sometimes it's a struggle, but I try to live a life of beauty that comes from within. Sometimes we need reminders, tho!

Maria, you are too kind. No, I take that back - there's no such thing as being too kind! You are beautiful through and through. Love ya!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I love your take on beauty and so agree with you. I can tell on the hubs who the beautiful ones are and I don't look at the pictures.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beauty is as beauty does - and this is one of those precious indisputable truths in life.

I am not always beautiful. Sometimes anger, or envy, or impatience, or something in this line turns me into an ugly monster. Then it takes some time to get rid of the disappointment in myself and more time to allow love - demonstrated in forgiveness - to get myself beautiful again.

This is a beautiful hub, Shauna, with much fruit for thought.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Becky, I appreciate your comment. When beauty exists you don't need pictures to validate the fact. What a great perspective!

Martie, I so agree with you and I'm guilty of the same negative emotions. Why, just yesterday, my 'bitch' came out in full color when our team was emailing each other! Hopefully, the dying leave have fallen and new petals are coming forth.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Shauna, first of all, you are beautiful inside and out! This is beautiful. Like Martie, I have learned to find beauty in all things, maybe especially in those things that we once thought not beautiful! Thank you for this beautiful hub and message! up+++


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Randi. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub but I'm not sure I'm deserving of your praise. I have my ugly moments, believe me!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This has such impact, "What will you leave behind? What part of you will continue on after you leave this Earth?" I am glad I stopped by to read your Perspective.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm so glad you stopped by mcbirdbks! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Digging in and seeing who people really are...There are so wonderful people out there and many misunderstood people. Enjoy reading this and as always you express yourself so well.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Carol, thank you for your encouraging comment. People are often misunderstood - you are so right. If we can learn to listen and learn, rather than get our first impressions based on what we see at first glance, we would have more compassion and harmony in the world.

I give credit to Vicki for bringing harmony into the perspective as an accompaniment to beauty, for they really do co-exist.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

I am at one with you that beauty is only skin deep and the real beauty lies inside. You may like to read my hub A POSITION OF TRUST supporting the viewpoint.. Thank you for the great hub.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This reminds me of a girl i knew in highscool. She was very beautiful and had very few friends. She had no compassion for others. Today she is an obese woman still with few friends. I believe beauty radiates from within and i do believe that beauty is within the eye of the beholder. When someone i know goes the extra mile to comfort another, that's beauty within. Beauty fades but a compassionate heart remains beautiful in my eyes...Excellent hub..Thank you...


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A thumbs up for your insights...beauty is as it does, and should never be confused with outer veneer. Shring this wonderful write.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this perspective and insight.


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Shauna,

Beauty is all around us and having an inner beauty far more important to have. Your mum and grandmother spoke wise words and ones more people should live. A great perspective my friend, well written with truth around every corner. Votes and shared, beautiful article by one who shines inside and out.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sha.....First of all...let me get this out of the way. To YOU and BILL......should I ever read again, any words remotely related to your comments above.....I shall be forced to hop in my little Pontiac Vibe and drive all the way from NY to Central Fl....and then on to Olympia WA...to give you both a "DiNozo" swat on the back of your head! You are not allowed to shade my perceptions! Snap out of it! OK, scolding over.

This is beyond "outstanding," Sha. I could not help but think immediately of my Dad. Always with a wise and funny comment or pun on life.....his rendition of the adage, "Beauty is only skin deep," was....."But UGLY goes right to the bone!" Then he invariably came up with one of his very own, for my sister and I....."Girls, beauty may bring you sweet things, but just remember, sugar has a tendency to get lumpy......HIT THE BOOKS!" Oh, Gosh, I miss his wisdom!! LMAO

You have written a total winner, Sha! Beauty PLUS brains? Oh my!

UP++++


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

"A beautiful person", "Beauty runs much deeper than your façade." You are right, we are both headed in the same direction in our perspective on beauty. Beauty resides on the insides. This is a totally true hub and "beauty is as beauty does" beautiful lady!

Thank you for letting me be part of Perspectives!

Voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Arun, thank you for your comment. I'll check out your hub shortly.

Ruby, you are so right. Beauty fades. It's so important to nurture our minds, souls and hearts - that beauty never fades.

Mary, I hope you join us again. You're a complement to the team. Thanx for the votes!

Michelle, thank you for the share. That means a lot.

Martin, it's great to see you!

Suzie, I'm fortunate to have had such moralistic upbringing, especially from a mom who is as beautiful on the inside as she is outside. At 75 she is still gorgeous and vivacious!

Paula, you're a trip! Ouch - that scolding went beyond skin deep! Ha ha. I love your dad's wisdom and he is so right. Ugly DOES go right to the bone. Enjoy your day, Paula. You're a gem!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful read Shauna and here's to so many more hubs f0r us both to share on here.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy..


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, thanx for stopping by. I know you must be terribly busy on this Fathers Day. Love to you and your family!


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Great hub, Shauna.

A beautiful spirit trumps a pretty face, any day!

DJ.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm so glad you think so, DJ. My pretty face and body have succumbed to age. Hopefully, I'm pretty enough inside that it doesn't matter.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Your so right. Sometimes when you meet someone their personality is so entrancing that you don't even see the outside.

Our soul is definitely the bit we should be working on.

An inspiring read and very true. You done a great job.

Voted up everything but funny.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, unfortunately people don't want to get to know us unless we're attractive on the outside. I used to have that mindset many years ago. I have since learned that the most beautiful people I have met are beautiful because it comes from the inside and pours forth to the outside.

We should all learn to not judge a book by it's cover.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Very true and you portrayed that message really clearly in your hub.

The outside shell is only a painted chariot for our soul.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, hopefully my soul can carry on without the painted chariot because the paint has faded.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Bravewarrior I think you are a beautiful soul and by your profile pic the outside if wearing pretty well too :)

When you write; even if you are like me and don't really want to give much of yourself away.......you still do.

You are definitely a beautiful light amongst us and I for one am glad I met you.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, you have just blessed my soul. I can't think of any other words that have made me smile the way yours have! Thank you my friend!

P.S. When will you post more of your awesome short stories? I'm jonesing!!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Your welcome :) I wouldn't write it if I didn't mean it, I am nothing if not honest.

I had to look that up I didn't know what 'jonesing' was ( I don't do newspapers, news etc ....so I am totally unhip with my terminology!)

Thankyou very much, I am glad you like them :)

I am struggling for writing anything just now. I have to stay up to the wee small hours to get time to go on here.

I await that lottery win and my farmhouse in France with the stream in the garden, writing table and wild flower garden with bated breath.......


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, can I join you when you win the lottery? I can't stay up until the wee hours anymore. Guess I'm getting too old!

I'm working on a short story myself. I hope to post it in the next day or so. I so love writing short stories!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Absolutely.

We will sit in the dusk and set the world to rights. Listening to the crickets, smelling the wildflowers and having a nice wee glass of chardonnay :)

Don't worry I will wake you when you start to nod off as you listen to me blethering on ...... :D

I will watch out for it. I always love your writing whatever the genre.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, you are precious! I love your vision of our time together. But beware, I have a tendency to blither, too!

I am touched by your last sentence. Wow!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

We will get on fine then :)

I will let you know when the numbers come up......................


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, my favorite numbers are 3, 8 and 13.


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Hi, 7 is my favourite number, but it isn't on the ticket.

Strangely 3 and 13 are on my ticket every week.

It's maybe a sign :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Go for it, girl - and be honest!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Hey fear not, I will be honest. I will be in touch if we are off to France :)

Be warned my little people are noisy though :D


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hey, I used to speak fluent French. I took 4 years of French in high school, but I graduated in 1975 and haven't used it since, so I can no longer claim I speak two languages. I'm sure it'll come back to me tho! I f not, you can guide me Anna! Parlez vous Francais? Oui, je parle en peur!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Dear Shauna, sorry it has taken me a while to get to you! I read your Hub over last night, and then knew I would have to read it again, so didn't comment right away. Thank you for mentioning me and my take on harmony and beauty possibly being the same thing. I knew we both connected deeply with that, and it s always so beautiful to find someone on the same wavelength as yourself, especially as we try to convey the essence of something as special as beauty. Your Hub is deep, and heartfelt, and so honest. I love that about you. It is such a beautiful quality that you possess. Wonderful Hub


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

My grasp of the French language is very limited so you would get the job of our main translator.

I can manage to politely exchange names, ages, enquire after their general wellbeing and a few other basics.

Oh and I could buy cheese, wine, bread and onions so we wouldn't starve; but after that ............. your turn :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

We'll have to work on it, Anna!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Vicki, you're a sweetheart - that is your beauty! I hope your resting after your move and taking it easy. Have you found Alfred yet?


Vickiw 3 years ago

Oh, Bravewarrior, it stings my heart and soul to tell you that Alfred is still in a large box somewhere. I sometimes think I hear his little croak of indignation, but still haven't reached him. So sad, because there is a special place waiting,when he is eventually discovered. Thank you for asking.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

He'll need some extra flies when you find him. He'll probably be a tad(pole) pissed! :-)


Vickiw 3 years ago

That was cute! Thank you dear girlfriend. I will be so happy to find him.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well my friend I've had a nice quiet day here by the lake and the weather has helped a lot - it's sunny and warm but not too hot and there's a heavenly breeze off the lake from the southwest.

I woke up this morning and had my coffee after my night shift sleep and took all of my pills and then fed and liberated my two cats to the outside world and then I cut the grass and had a nice lunch and will now take a quick dip into the lake and then come out and go to a neighboring town to do some business at the bank and some shopping too.

Your hub seminar here inspired me to leave a top ten beauty list of my own

Top ten things which makes Epi's life beautiful

(in no particular order)

10. being blessed by looking at God's creations everyday - the lake, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars

9. my two cats Little Miss Tiffy who was my mum's cat and now she is 18 and a certified diva and Mister Gabriel who is my adopted cat and he is all white and deaf

8. my love of all kinds of music

7. my writing

6. my hub friends who make up for me not having a family

5. my relative good health

4. my memory and legacy of my two best friends - my mum and dad

3. I still don't need viagra, lol lol lol lol lol

2. my first cup of coffee when I wake up

1. my mum and dad's ashes are buried in the front yard so they will look over the lake in eternity

Thank you inspiring me with your profound writing here today and enlightening me as well

lake erie time 1:35pm

sending to you my warmest wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Colin, what a fabulous comment! I'm so glad you shared your top 10 with me. You know I love cats as much as you do. What really impresses me is your parents' ashes are in your front yard. I have it in my Will that I want my ashes put in one of my gardens so I can bring forth new life. My parents don't like the idea of my wish to be cremated, but why let my body rot? Why not give back to the earth?

Your viagra comment made me laugh. I don't have to worry about that because I have no one to have sex with! No lie!!

I envy your accessibility to the lake and the picture your property paints in my mind. Think of me when you're cooling off. I'd be right there with you if I could.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Shauna,

"If you are kind to others, show compassion and love, you gain beauty of the soul. "

Your perspectives clearly show the beauty of your soul.

Voted up +++ and sharing

Have a good week.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much, Sue. Sharing's always good! Enjoy your week.


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is an awesome awesome awesome hub. did i say it was awesome? lol .. I love this hub.. Your writing is exceptional and your perspectives are wonderful.. wonderful job here and I am sharing

Debbie


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow, Debbie, you have completely blown me away! You've got me floating off the floor right about now! Thank you so much for boosting my ego and sharing my humble words.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

You are so right!!! Absolutely. There is so much beauty that is missed by so many because they see only the external part of someone and miss the beautiful person within.

Our society does emphasis physical beauty ---every where we turn it is in our face. And for adults we know that outer beauty may not at all reflect what a person is really all about. But young people who are trying to find their way, their identity are caught in the snare of how they look is part of how valued they are. If only we can help them to find their inner beauty.....

Thank you so much for sharing this. Voted up and shared ps

Angels are on the way to you this evening.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, ps. I could use some angels this evening! You are so right tho. Just look at Susan Boyle. The judges on Britain's Got Talent didn't take her seriously when she first appeared on stage. And look at her now! She sings like an angel and has taken the world by storm!


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

Great article! The media tells everyone what society's perception of beauty is or should be. People are so busy trying to fit this preconceived criteria that they are not working on their inner beauty. I have met individuals who most would consider "unattractive" visually, but their inner beauty supersedes their superficial appearance. In my eyes they were beautiful people inside and out. Conversely, I have been around some superficially gorgeous individuals whose personality made them ugly. I agree that inner beauty is far more important than outer beauty. We should all remember that outer beauty fades over time but inner beauty stays with you forever. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rose, you are so right. Some people are ugly no matter how pretty they are on the outside. We need to maintain and nourish our inner beauty because the outer beauty certainly fades with age. At least mine has!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Excellent hub, I think we have all known some really pretty people who have had the ugliest personalities. Being known as a nice person tops being the prettiest one and is all that really matters. Voted up.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Gypsy, I so agree with you. If I had to choose between the two, I would choose nice. It would also be nice to possess both traits - but hey.....


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I got this from Suzie's hub, and I'm glad I am reading this. It's beautiful! Inner beauty is more important than physical appearances, and can often make someone appear to be prettier in many ways.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kathryn, I'm glad you stopped by. I'll have to thank Suzi. She's an awesome writer with lots of good information to offer. I'm pleased you like this hub. Hope to see you again!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

This is perfect. My daughter is feeling the pressures of societies at her young age. I do not wear makeup any more because I think it gives her the wrong impression that makeup is what makes you pretty. I've tried to adjust my own habits to teach her that when you are pretty on the inside, you will shine through, regardless of the name brands and everything else kids are in to these days.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Good for you, Crafty. Today's kids, especially the girls, are under so much peer pressure - and pressure from the media - to be skinny, beautiful and wear the lastest designer fashions. It's a bunch of hogwash, if you ask me. Beauty comes from within. Unfortunately, society is all about what's on the outside.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

bravewarrior,

As I read I sensed you words came from an Angel who taught you well---your mother. These are the words my Grandmother Knight always used and my mother. Beautiful words of truth and wisdom, to nourish one’s soul.

I was taught this but I did not always apply it to myself when asked out on a date. I am afraid I was shallow a few times and said no to guys who became my dearest friend years later. Youth sometimes does not listen wisely---and I was one of them.

Thanks for sharing with us---words of wisdom---and it has touched my heart.

Bobbi Purvis


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Bobbi, I didn't always listen either. In fact, when I lived at home, I never listened even if what was said made sense. Fortunately, I absorbed what was taught to me and let it in when I was older. A good upbringing makes all the difference in the world, even if the lambs stray from the sheep for a while!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Beautiful hub and so true, I know some people who are gorgeous but really not nice at all and others who we would regard as plain and then they smile and their whole face and personality shows, its amazing!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Nell, it goes to show you that beauty is as beauty does. That's what my mother always told me and she's beautiful, not only on the outside, but on the inside.

Unfortunately, society looks at outer beauty before they even consider delving deeper. That's so sad. We are all beautiful if only others would be willing to see. Perhaps low self-esteem could be lessened - and even eradicated -if we felt free to be who we are without being judged from the outside.

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