I'm not sure how this post is going to turn out. I've been trying to compose it in my mind for a couple of days now and then I saw something this morning that made it even more tricky. Hm...
On Sunday, our Bishop (the leader of our local LDS congregation) taught the lesson in Relief Society (the LDS organization for women). His topic was "True Beauty". It made me think.
We live in a world that is obsessed with beauty. Women want to be beautiful. Men want beautiful women.
A friend of mine (who recently retired and was a big-wig with Tupperware) who inquired how my Tupperware business was going said something very interesting. He noted that people who are reluctant to buy "responsible" products like Tupperware are very happy to spend money (and a lot of it) on BeautiControl products (which is the beauty/spa product arm of Tupperware). An interesting phenomenon.
This morning I saw this on Mormon Messages:
I have been reading Stephanie's blog for a while now. I appreciate for her frank evaluation of her life, her challenges, her joys, her optimism. Where there exist this question of: what is true beauty, I submit that Stephanie is a beautiful woman. Why? Because she is beautiful beyond the physical. She is beautiful where her beauty can't be changed or diminished. That is the kind of beauty I am seeking.
This post isn't really turning out like I thought it would. I am finding it difficult to express in words what I have been learning in my heart. I hope this makes sense to somebody out there and I hope that all women can find that real, lasting, meaningful beauty has very little to do with how we look and more to do with who we are.