How to be Beautiful, Part 1

Beauty Tip #1:

Lovely, right?

Our beauty, or lack of, is always, merely the reflection of where we are directing our gaze. 

For example:

Beaming with pride for someone else.  I am photographed often in this particular state. I’m a wife, mother, teacher, general “lover of all things sweet and beautiful and good” and I look better when I observe anyone doing even remotely well, and  smiling with every cell. It is a selfless moment, it is a reflection of where I am directing my attention. Beaming with pride looks like this on me and my very patient man: 

In Haiti when we learned how to take a selfie!

Personally, I think we look good wet and thrilled at our new accomplishment. I’m much happier with the photos caught while I’m beaming at someone else as compared to: lost in a silent stare, crying, early in the morning, yawning, no make-up, sick, bored, just for example. 

I’m choosing not to show the other emotions captured. Maybe later.

Webster has this definition of beauty: a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Has anything exalted your mind or spirit lately?

My point is, and I do have one, that when we look and think on what is lovely, we are happier and nicer and significantly more beautiful.

Imagine what our world would look like if 92% of the people we encounter anywhere were directing their gaze toward beauty.  We would live in some peace, we would not fear random violence, and would deal with each other from a happier place. Sadly though, I follow the news. Scathing words from our capital on all sides; devastating racism, floods, fires, horror, but to stay blindly ignorant and not keep up isn’t the answer either. I believe the answer is within ourselves and reaching out across our streets to make a lovely connection.

I got a virus today from the pit of hell and had to stay home from work, go to Urgent Care and then the drive-through Walgreen’s Pharmacy where my cough suppressant wasn’t ready. Not the best day today. But, when I was pulling out of the Walgreen’s parking lot I was behind this van! Look over here 

So, there I was in my little Prius, coughing and dripping all manner of things across the world and I see that I look lovely today. Nice! The woman who owns the plate never sees her own inspiration. It’s always looking behind her. This woman is brightening the lives of those who also are waiting to turn left and she never sees them. I think I’ll hang this message from the back of all my pants. Or I will look around more, at my neighborhood, at the people I pass and try to be more like this lovely lady: trickling kindness behind me and not looking back to see if it was noticed.

I followed her into the Target parking lot. I had a hard time keeping up. Gotta love a Prius! (I do actually.) But I just couldn’t get the shot, she was speedy quick! Like a creeper I pulled behind her parking spot and took the photo. She got out of her van quickly, so I couldn’t escape. I rolled down my window and thanked her for lifting me up. It stopped her, this coughing stranger following her and staying long enough to connect. Her reply, “I think license plates should say good things.” She was way cool.

Have you seen any license plates like this? I’d love to hear what else is out there!

In conclusion, if you can literally find nothing that pleasurably exalts your spirit, I’ve found the best face mask! My skin actually looks way better. I highly recommend this stuff! Farmacy Honey Potion Face Mask I learned about this wonder-stuff from a glowing 30-year-old. And Sephora has a better price than Amazon at this moment.

I swore the horse was following me. My joy was complete, a new horse! No ULKLVLY on my butt yet! But, no, he wasn’t. The beauty behind and in front of me still remains in my mind. (I LOVE NEW YORK!)

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