A beautiful Spellbound Rose that grows in my Sisterhood Memory Garden that my friend gave me in memory of my Mother, the most beautiful lady.
Mom always said that. Pretty is as pretty does.
So I am wondering today, just what do you consider pretty? Where does beauty come from? Is it in the gene pool? I think about my family and what people have said about us through the years, about our appearance. God pretty much blessed us with good looks, or so they say.
The media is full of airbrushed models who spend their days making themselves look beautiful. In the cosmetic industry, there are big bucks spent; from makeup, to anti-aging cream, liposuction, plastic surgery, and on and on.
Merriam Webster defines pretty as pleasing by delicacy or grace, having conventionally accepted elements of beauty, and more. What do we, as people, consider delicate and gracefully pleasing? What are the conventionally accepted elements? Do you think it is pretty on the outside, or is it pretty on the inside that makes a person beautiful?
Have you ever feasted your eyes on someone and saw beautiful? Well, I just did on a profile picture on Facebook. Every time I have looked at this person from the time she was a child and now a woman, I have thought she was beautiful. That conjured up more images in my mind of people who I think are pretty. When I pondered on this, I wondered what it is that makes a person pleasing to the eye of others.
Not taking away from family genes, but is it the outward appearance that makes you beautiful?
I realised that the people I think are beautiful are the ones that are full of goodness on the inside, filled with joy, happiness, kindness, and compassion. They laugh a lot. You don’t hear them complaining and whining about insignificant things. In a nutshell, they have substance within themselves.
People who walk around with a scowl on their faces aren’t pleasing to the eye. Discontented people aren’t pretty to me. There is no smile on their face, no twinkle in their eyes, no joy for life.
Do you consider yourself pretty? On the outside, I never have thought I was. We see our flaws every time we look in the mirror. But are you pretty on the inside? Are you filled with those God-given gifts that I mentioned before? Are you filled with the fruit of the spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance… Galatians 5:22-23
This to me, is what makes a person beautiful. The first time you see someone you see their outward appearance, they might look good, but are they on the inside? Just asking!
To the inspiration for this post, Happy Birthday, my beautiful niece, De. I am not telling your age, because it only makes me feel older! To my daughter(s) granddaughters, sisters, all my cousins and friends, my nieces, great nieces, and great, great-niece, you are all beautiful, too. (Because I know you inside and that makes you delicately graceful and pleasing to the eyes!)
May your day be filled with the fruit of the spirit, for tomorrow you will be even better looking.
Love you biggest! Evie!