Each week I try to put an inspirational quote on my Facebook page. I search through various Web sites to find just the right one that strikes me as truly inspirational.
Some are funny, some are simple, and some are way out there, but I usually relate to one and then I relay it to all of my friends.
May I mention that, not only do I go to home pages of these sites, but I spend a lot of time going through every page until I finally find the one: The quote for the week.
Well, this past weekend I was looking for quotes and I stumbled upon the Web site, great-inspirational-quotes.com, where there are so many relatable, interesting, and substantial quotes.
There were a few quotes that I put in the “maybe” category and I kept looking until I did find that one quotation that I felt was important enough to pass onto my Facebook friends.
After I was finished adding the quotation to my page, I continued with my day of errands.
But for some reason one of the “maybe” quotes, by Garrison Keillor, to be exact, came to my head.
“Beauty isn’t worth thinking about,” reads the quote, “what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a 50-dollar haircut on a 50-cent head.”
When I first read the quote, I thought that this was going to be the one I would post. But after reading it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were: “I have no idea what that means. I’m gonna take out the garbage now.”
So, I dismissed my instinct to post that quotation and instead went on to find one about perseverance.
Afterwards, as I was doing other things, I kept thinking about beauty and how it is different for everyone and how so many women spend so much time trying to make the outside of their body look beautiful and do not concentrate as much energy on their insides. I wondered why we feel the need to beautify ourselves the way that we do?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Beauty Mirror for girls application and how important it is for us to feel good about ourselves and to know that even with no makeup on we are beautiful.
Even when times are tough and we don’t know what to do, but we follow our hearts and try to do the right thing, we are beautiful.
Beauty isn’t only about superficial things such as making sure we are wearing designer outfits with the most expensive jewelry and having Botox injections or wearing gobs of makeup just to go to the supermarket. True beauty comes from within.
True beauty comes from your actions and how you treat people. It comes from giving love and helping others.
Granted, it may make you feel great to get your hair done and to buy something nice — and we certainly all have the right to feel pretty and have nice things — but when those things define who you are that’s when you need to worry.
Who would want to be with someone who has a 50-dollar haircut when they only have a 50-cent head? The problem with many of us is that when we go out to a club or with friends somewhere fun and we are single looking for someone, some of us will tend to wear the shortest skirt, the most revealing top and a lot of makeup. All things that scream “look at my outside,” but that can also hinder an opportunity for genuine conversation or to let someone know what you have inside you.
Knowing your inner beauty is key to having someone love you for your outer beauty. I challenge you to go out one night with no make up — OK, maybe some mascara and lip gloss, but that’s it. See how many people you will attract, see the difference it will make with the way they treat you, and most importantly see how the way you view yourself will change.
Looking pretty is one thing but feeling and knowing you are beautiful is another. I choose the latter.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.