Beauty and blessing
Two movies today!
Next is a controversial ad from Dove.
This ad, as you may have heard, has been banned in several cities, including my nearby metropolis, Boston. I cannot figure that one out. The ad, from a skin care company, celebrates beautiful women of a certain age, making the point that “anti-aging” is not the point. They’re calling their new line of products “pro∙age.”
And, is it just me, or do all these women look fantastic?
As I experience the time of my life known as the mid-forties, I genuinely think I look better than I ever have. My smile is more knowing, my eyes are more expressive, my stature more established, my carriage more confident. The five to ten pounds I’d like to lose don’t inhibit that feeling of beauty and joy at all. I expect this feeling only to grow as the years proceed, not diminish, because it has up until now. Am I nuts?
One of my favorite things to do when I find myself sitting in a public place waiting for someone is it watch faces. Especially older female faces. I love the curves and creases and bones and folds. I see a whole life there in those faces, the wisdom and joys and triumphs. These faces radiate to me stories that are precious in their uniqueness yet tell of a universal strength that is womanhood.
Certainly there are so-called effects of aging that we should combat heartily. No slowing down, no exhaustion, no deterioration. These things are as unnecessary as a fish with a bicycle (with apologies to Gloria Steinem).
But the signs of growth in wisdom and grace don’t trouble me. I’ll take years of laughter over a wrinkle-free face any day. I’ll take triumphing through adversity over hair with no silver (although I may color a lock or two!). I’ll take a lifetime of basking in the sun over skin that has never been colored by its rays.
I ask again, am I nuts?
Celebrate your beauty today.
Some beauty tips from Science and Health:
The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable glories. p. 246Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness. p. 246
Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness. p. 247Love, redolent with unselfishness, bathes all in beauty and light. p. 516
The beautiful in character is also the good, welding indissolubly the links of affection. p. 60One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than beautiful. p. 248
Man is God's reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete. p. 527
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