Goddess Gift :: Beauty Tips from the Goddess

Years ago, any time I was overly whiny or just being generally obnoxious or entirely too "uppity" for her tastes, my grandmother would chide me by saying "Sharon,  remember that honey attracts more flies than vinegar."

"Who wants to attract flies anyway?" was usually my cheeky response.

Then, as now, the notion of being 'sweet' or 'good' stuck me as being somewhat less than desirable--never mind that I am by temperament both of those things, a natural-born 'people pleaser'. It struck me as being a bit stuffy, if not downright boring. And boring was something I was determined never to be!

Beauty is as beauty does . . .

was another of granny's sayings. And it popped into my mind last week as I was reading about the "Marie Claire magazine vs. Fat Folk" Wars that, if not still raging, are at least still dragging on.

In case you've managed to escape hearing about the uproar, check out this blog post by journalist and human rights activist Josh Shahryar to get all the gory details. It's been ugly! He starts the post by explaining that "Marie Claire's heinous attack on human dignity published in the form of an 'innocent' blogpost by Maura Kelly about the CBS sitcom Mike and Molly, which is about two obese people falling in love, enraged me to the point where I had to say something." You go, Josh!!

As I pondered this sad state of affairs,  I remembered something that I read a few years ago when I was researching legendary ladies who might be considered to be "modern" goddesses. Audrey Hepburn, renowned for her timeless beauty as well as her acting career. She ended up right at the top of my list of candidates for true goddess, the kind we love to love.

After she retired as a 'super-star', she became a tireless volunteer and advocate for the suffering children of the world. You can view photographs and read the story of her life at: Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn somehow managed to retain her ideal weight throughout her entire adult life -- surely a magical feat that only a goddess could pull off!

Even though she was always ranked (and usually quite highly) on every magazine's lists of 'Most Beautiful Women', she once confessed she was self-conscious about her big feet (she wore size 10 shoes).  What does it take in our society, I wondered, to make a woman feel beautiful???

Audrey Hepburn read these words to her son on Christmas Eve 1992. She died a month later and the piece was read at her funeral to memorialize the meaning of her life. It was a fitting tribute to the goddess she was. 

Time-Tested Beauty Tips
     ~by Sam Levenson
  • For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

  • For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

  • For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

  • For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

  • For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

  • People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,
    reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

  • Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
    you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
    As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
    one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.



Her beauty was enormous. Her heart was too. She left the world a better place.

In closing,
   a reminder that ...

'Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your permission.'

~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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