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
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 . . .
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.
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
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:
somehow managed to retain her ideal weight throughout her entire
adult life -- surely a magical feat that only a goddess could pull
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
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
Time-Tested Beauty Tips
~by Sam Levenson
For attractive lips, speak
words of kindness.
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
you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two
one for helping yourself, and the other for helping
Her beauty was enormous. Her heart was too. She left the
world a better place.
a reminder that ...
can make you feel inferior
without your permission.'
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
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