Beauty is one of those extraordinary and intangible qualities.
We find beauty in the most obvious and the least likely ways and each of us interpret what we find beautiful very differently.
The joy of life is the search and the discovery of what we each consider, beauty. For beauty is, ‘in the eye of the beholder’ and thankfully that is so otherwise life would be very black and white. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than watching how others interpret and never do we each see in the same way. It is really a miracle.
As I think about the beauty secrets that aren’t those easily dispensed from a tube or those that require the hands of others I find my thoughts resting with those qualities to inspire and the attributes that help us grow as women. As much as beauty is all about the practical, how much we sleep, the water we drink and the exercise we take, it is also about the less definable and the harder to attain. If finding beauty is a life long journey then attaining “beauty” must be a life’s work.
Life in France has taught me patience, patience for many things and as I observe those who practice patience I see it is a powerful beauty secret.
Patience is as simple as waiting for the season to arrive to enjoy nature’s produce or giving time to listen to those who are needy. We might want tomatoes in May but they are better in July. The long tales that don’t impact us may bore us but someone wants to be heard and needs our time. That’s what patience is. As delicious as instant gratification can be and as accustomed as many of us have become I am trying to avoid it in the main part. It won’t win out long term but patience will.
A woman with patience is mighty attractive.
It is a tough nut to crack for many of us. It has been for me and the truth is I am nowhere near what I would call a “patient” person. I have moments of patience and unfortunately times where it well and truly deserts me. Patience comes in many forms and like anything requires practice to make perfect. Patience isn’t always the answer either; there can be a fine line between being patient and disengagement. The real art is to know when to be patient and when action should be called for.
When patience becomes second nature and a familiar trait our lives change; frustration and impatience become strangers. That’s where the beauty part kicks in. Patient people have a different aura, calmness and attractiveness. I think those of us still working on our “patience” gravitate to those who exude this quality. A kind of serenity develops and hopefully becomes infectious.
“Practice makes perfect” ? I think I will finish with, “patience makes perfect”. xv
THE BEST KEPT BEAUTY SECRETS
images of juliette binoche by richard avedon