I've been thinking a lot about beauty lately.
When I think of true beauty, I immediately think of Mother Theresa.
(technically, her name is now, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta)
Now, in the eyes of the world, she is not the definition of beauty.
But I believe her spirit shines through,
even today, many years after her death.
I came across this article this past weekend
I love my daughters and want them to become confident women,
confident in their abilities and gifts that each one has.
I want them to have a strong faith that they never let go of.
when I'm praying,
I've never prayed for them to be "Beautiful".
I have prayed for them to be loving, kind and generous.
I know someone in my life that is beautiful on the outside,
but on the inside, her personality and just the way she is,
well, it makes her actually hard for me to call her "beautiful".
I want my girls to know that models and movie stars are just regular people underneath
as these pictures clearly show:
That last link, I spent some time at looking at celebrities and
all they have gone through to live up to who we want them to be.
If we do not show our children the truth,
they will grow up having unrealistic goals of how they should be.
I know someone who has a teen that is struggling with an eating disorder.
This is painful for the whole family to go through.
It starts way back when our children are small
and told not to eat something, or when they see
us not eating, or choosing to not have dessert,
because it "will make us fat". We may think it's harmless,
but they are watching us, like hawks.
They are watching the magazines,
TV shows, movies, singers
and anything that the world loves.
If we love ourselves, no matter what we look like
and do not focus so much on looks,
but instead on virtues and morals,
then they will grow into beautiful adults.
"So God created mankind in His own image..."
I've never done "dessert" much.
Mostly, because as a type 1 diabetic,
it's just more carbs and I eat my carbs at my meals.
I'm trying to change that a little and
make "dessert" a few times over a 2 week period.
(like 2 or 3)
hard to not put myself down about my looks
It's an inner struggle, but I do not want them to have those feelings.
I want them to see a confident woman in their mother.
I want them to see that the exercising and healthy choices
I make are just that,
Aging is beauty.
What is inside can make the outside even more beautiful .