Posts Tagged ‘inner beauty’

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I happily enjoy life without television…but if you missed this speech, as I did, it bears repeating. Undeniably beautiful ❤

Excerpt: “To the beholders that I thought mattered, I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me, “You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul. It is what got Patsey in so much trouble with her master, but it is also what has kept her story alive to this day. We remember the beauty of her spirit even after the beauty of her body has faded away.

And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty.”

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I have been quiet from my blog for several months but a recent video has compelled me to share once again. The following video is a poignant discussion on seeing through the veil of sexual objectification, self-objectification, and how it damages our society as a whole. An absolutely jaw dropping worthy view for both men and women that has articulated every point roiling below the surface of my, and I’m sure many other women’s, minds. I do not typically identify as a feminist, however, I do believe in uplifting all of my fellow women and being the change I would like to see in this world. It has left me nearly speechless, so without further adieu:

Women: this is GOOD stuff right here! Her message is one near and dear to my heart. Good men will step it up, if you raise the bar. As my mama used to say, “you teach people how to treat you”. There is no sense in degrading yourself and your inner beauty for a few fleeting moments of attention. In the end, if you respect yourself, the right people will respect you. Do not settle for less than what you deserve. Powerful words packed into a 3 min video. Enjoy!