When you look in the mirror what do you see?
How often do you look and critique what you see? Everyone can find at least one flaw in themselves, whether it is physical or in our personality.
And that’s OK! None of us are meant to be perfect in this life. We are given weaknesses to build strength on, and to teach us compassion and humility. Our flaws can actually refine us and make us better!
The Way We Look
No one can really control our physical make-up. We inherited those traits through our ancestors. We should actually rejoice in those traits that were handed down and that make us unique to our own family tree.
When you get up to start your day, do what you can to make yourself clean and neat. We feel better when we take care of ourselves and wear appropriate clothing that is clean, comfortable, and that fits properly. Clothing does not have to be expensive to look nice.
What Matters Most
What matters most comes from the inside. It’s what we carry in our hearts. Our thoughts reflect our actions.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides…the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. -Aubrey Hepburn
I know people who would not be judged to be beautiful by world standards, but they radiate beauty because they are good and because they love life and they love others. They obviously love themselves just fine the way they are. Gordon B. Hinckley said:
“I see and admire beauty in people. I am not so concerned with the look…seen in slick-paper magazines and on television…[or] whether the skin be fair or dark. I’ve seen beautiful people in a hundred nations through which I have walked. Little children are beautiful everywhere. And so are the aged, whose wrinkled hands and faces speak of struggle and survival…I believe in beauty—the beauty of God’s unspoiled creations, the beauty of His sons and daughters who walk without whimpering, meeting the challenges of each new day.”
What We Reflect
He makes a great point about people ‘who walk without whimpering.’ It is not pleasant to engage in one-side conversations that are all negative. I often walk away from conversations feeling drained. Negativity has a strong magnetic force.
So does positivity! A positive person draws people to them. They are a joy to have a conversation with. I love walking away from a conversation with someone who was interested in me, who have made me feel like I matter, and they care. Most people will not remember what you said nearly so much as they will remember the way you made them feel.
I like this poem by Madeline Bridges. She expresses the truth that should be at the core of how we live our lives; that what we give in life is what will return to us. If we want the best, then we should give our best.
There are souls that are pure and true;
Then give to the world the best that you have,
And the best will come back to you.Give love, and love to your life will flow,
A strength in your utmost need;
Have faith, and a score of hearts will show
Their faith in your work and deed.Give truth, and your gift will be paid in kind,
And honor will honor meet;
And the smile which is sweet will surely find
A smile that is just as sweet.Give sorrow and pity to those who mourn;
You will gather in flowers again
The scattered seeds from your thought outborne
Though the sowing seemed but vain.For life is the mirror of king and slave,
‘Tis just what we are and do;
Then give to the world the best that you have
And the best will come back to you.