Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beauty












Don't ask me why blogger put this big gap here, I can't get rid of it - grrr! Annoyed - will be happy to move to Wordpress ASAP - new site coming soon!

Years ago I was watching Oprah as my six-year old son played nearby. She had a few teens on her show and was asking them questions about beauty and brains. One question was which they would prefer - beauty or brains - if they could only have one of them.

I don't remember the outcome of her question, but I asked my son the question. (hey, six is close to being a teen) He promptly declared, "Brains!"

I learn from odd moments and that was a turning point for me, I've tried to live more concerned about brains than beauty ever since. I don't remember if Oprah defined what she meant by brains, but in this scenario, I thought of brains as wisdom and I would rather seek soul-deep wisdom than skin-deep beauty.

But it isn't totally an 'either-or' thing. Wisdom tells us there are some things we are responsible for concerning our own beauty - or lack thereof.
Wisdom helps me see that what makes a person beautiful has more to do with attitude than looks. 

Having said that - wisdom also helps me know that I have choices about certain aspects of my looks ... 
      *what my hair looks like
      *how old a sweatshirt I wear
      *what my weight is
      *my facial expressions
I only responsible to do the best I can - the best I can, not what supermodels do and/or look like. (can you say airbrushing!) My best is what's best for me and my health - am I eating foods that nourish me or just give me empty calories? Am I moving enough - because what I don't use, I lose.  

By preferring wisdom over beauty, I've been able to avoid major struggles with the whole beauty thing and I thank God for that. Lord knows, I have enough other problems to deal with (another post, another day ;) 

So as for beauty - focus on wisdom more, but know that we are responsible for some aspects of our own beauty, but life's too short to allow things we can't control to ruin our days.


These are some of my thoughts on beauty - Sarah Markley has encouraged her readers to write posts about beauty, so click on the button below to read more.
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6 comments:

Billy Coffey said...

Amen, Janet. You might be surprised at how much this applies to the guys, too.

Sarah Markley said...

I love this, Janet.

Wisdom rather than beauty. And i think wisdom brings beauty, doesn't it?

Well said! =)

Janet Oberholtzer said...

Thanks Billy.
Sarah - yes, I think wisdom brings true beauty, beauty that doesn't fade.

Jennifer said...

"I would rather seek soul-deep wisdom than skin-deep beauty." ME TOO!! I love this! :)

Here from Sarah's beauty link list!

~Jennifer

OneGirl said...

I'm visiting from Sarah's blog...if you're interested, my beauty post is here: http://onegirl-itjusttakesone.blogspot.com/2010/03/what-is-beauty.html

"life's too short to allow things we can't control to ruin our days." SO true.

Linda Z said...

Maybe we start with one kind of beauty and persue the other one throught our lives, so that one day we end up with another. One fades, but the other last. :)