“Beauty is simply reality as seen with the eyes of love.”
– Evelyn Underhill
Last week, I wrote a blog called Self-Image (Click here to read). In this blog, I mentioned that my friend, Iman Woods, who is a blogger with 8 Women Dream, had decided to use myself and my boyfriend Richard as “guinea pigs” for an upcoming article on women and their self-esteem. Most of this was kept secret to me. I honestly didn’t know what she was asking him or how he was responding. (Have I mentioned that I’m in love with the quietest man on earth?? Dude can seriously keep a secret.) All I knew was that I needed to pick out five pictures of myself – three that I particularly liked and two that I did not – and critique them.
My friend’s blog posted this morning. Check it out here.
My friend asked for my thoughts on this and to tell her what I think, and I’m not even sure what to say. For once, this ol’ gal is somewhat speechless. However, I’ll try. I know nothing I say will truly convey how much this article affected me, though.
First of all, after reading this article, I’ve decided that I sure do seem kind of silly. All of those little things that I worry about and obsess over? The man whose attention and attraction I am hoping to gain has never even noticed them. How crazy is that!? I hope other women read this and take from it the same that I took from it. We really need to stop this needless obsessing over little ‘flaws’ and ‘quirks.’ Sometimes we may be the only one who is seeing them. As Richard says in the interview, “In my experience, most people (ALL dudes) pay more attention to the ‘big picture’ and not each individual detail.”
I think I needed to hear that.
Secondly, something that Iman said in her opening comments of her article really stood out to me.
“Changing our bodies isn’t as effective as changing our minds.”
– Iman Woods
How much truth is there to that!? If my smile was somehow magically straightened, would I think I’m suddenly beautiful? If the gray disappeared from my hair or a six-pack appeared on my stomach – would that fix my self-image? Nope. It sure wouldn’t. I have to see myself as beautiful just the way I am. Just like Richard does.
Which brings me to this. Most importantly, this article has shown me something that I really needed to see.
Richard loves me.
This man really, truly loves me. And it has nothing to do with my crooked smile or the color of my hair. He loves me from the inside out. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Isn’t that all we want? For someone to look at us, and really see us…and then to fall in love with what they see?
I’m such a lucky girl. I am loved…and I am beautiful.
And you know what I’m willing to bet? So are YOU.
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
– Kahlil Gibran