Zest is the secret of all beauty.
There is no beauty that is attractive without it.
~ Christian Dior
Sitting in a room full of women, at a dinner generously hosted by Therapon after Blissdom’s closing key note, paradox struck me:
How could we be different and yet so similar at the same time?
Christina asked each of us to share our thoughts and perspective on inner beauty; what could have been repetitive or even trite, ended up being an affecting, heartfelt symphony about beauty, and I reached for the only scrap of paper I could find–a deposit slip!–to record those thoughts to share with you. These are only slivers of our discussion and I missed a few women, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on real beauty after you consider their list.
“Sharing laughter…and tears” ~ Kim
“Knowing and loving yourself” ~ Ria
“Embracing your gifts and loving what you do” ~ Lise
“Learning from suffering” ~ Esther
“The idea of contentment and peace with what you have, where you are” ~ Angie
“Joy and simplicity” ~ Jessica
“For my boys to grow up good” ~ Deena
“Accepting myself” ~ Dawn
“Before you became aware of everything around you and worried about what people were thinking,” ~ Kristen
“Embracing your own style and OWNING it!” ~ Tobi
“Being in the company of other women,” ~ Tori
“It comes from within and no one can take it away” ~ Jamie
“Real beauty is red hair (ha!). Respecting self and others.” ~ Melanie
“When my little one says ‘Mommy, you’re pretty!” ~ Jill
“Being kind and welcoming” ~ JoLynne
“Embracing curly hair!” ~ Stephanie
“Realizing you’re fearfully and wonderfully made, in addition to how you treat people” ~ Sarah
“Self acceptance, loving unconditionally” ~ Valerie
“Smiling and making a connection” ~ Jolan
“…from making people laugh” ~ Lora Lee
The room was fully alive as each lady shared her heart, and more than a few times we were moved to tears from the sheer beauty of story and perspective.
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Your turn: Close your eyes and contemplate what real beauty means to you? Now tell us!