“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.”- Golda Poretsky
Quote of the Day.
Sticking with this week’s theme of understanding and cultivating inner beauty, today’s quote by Golda Poretsky takes a different angle. The quote above focuses on the idea that finding and understanding real (inner) beauty, requires that we ignore the societal definitions of beauty which surround us on a daily basis. This is a truth that applies whether we are looking for beauty within ourselves, or whether we need to begin seeing the inner beauty in those around us.
Ignoring societal ideals is not as easy as it sounds, though. We constantly find ourselves pummeled with advertisements, tv shows, and social circles that exhibit and reinforce their “definition of pretty” – and this has an effect on our own beliefs, whether we want it to or not. If you struggle with this, here are two tips that can help:
First, understand and admit to yourself that it is OK to ignore what popular culture thinks about “beauty”. This is easier said than done, and will probably take conscious effort on your part! If this is hard, then do the next tip first and come back to this one later instead.
Second, avoid the situations that engrain the typical “beauty” stereotypes into you. Do you find yourself reading magazines or watching TV shows that perpetuate these stereotypes? Put down the magazine, turn off the TV and stop willingly exposing yourself to them. You will never escape these influences entirely, but you would be surprised how much you can cut out if you want to. As a bonus, the less you let these influences into your home, the less your kids are exposed to them. This will help them develop a deeper way to see others as well!
By decreasing the hold that popular culture has over us regarding beauty, we will find it easier to see the inner beauty within ourselves and those around us!
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