Tag Archives: Beauty

Meh.

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This month has been fine.  Nothing spectacular, May’s beauty resoluton just hasn’t resonated with me as much as previous months have.   I’ve been enjoying my rose-colored glasses to see the beauty (of nature, of music, of humanity…) around me, but I’m ready for more.

If you haven’t noticed, I added a poll on the website.  If you have ideas for resolutions, there’s a write-in option too!

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Core Beliefs

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Today I’m going to try to see the beauty in one of my most loathed body parts.  Here was our conversation this morning:

Me: You know, you really are pretty great.
Abs: Really? I thought I disgusted you?
Me: I know. I really have not treated you with the respect you deserve. You housed the most precious thing  for 40 weeks. That’s an accomplishment.
Abs: It wasn’t easy.
Me: And you really have come a long way. Way to go! You were huge last summer!
Abs: Thanks?

Me:  I will try my hardest not to compare you to what you were or think about what you never will be, and just appreciate you for what you are.

Abs:  Good luck!

Beauty?

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This morning I was feeling pretty good about myself (Thanks, Workout Endorphins!), when I casually looked in the mirror.   I was a bit surprised to discover a strange white hair, about 1 cm long, sticking straight out from my cheek.  Sprr-oi-oing! It was as if it were taunting me and my resolution to improve my outer self.   Touché, White Hair, touché.

In Beauty May I Walk…

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In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.

With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.
With beauty all around me, may I walk.

In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.

–A Navajo Indian Prayer of the Second Day of the Night Chant (anonymous)

Finding Beauty this May

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This month I’d like to see more beauty in my life. First and foremost, I aspire to look for the good in the world around me as much as possible.  It may sound a little “Pollyanna-ish,” but I know my inner critic needs to be muted more often.

I also would like to put a little more effort into my daily appearance. There’s nothing wrong with my ponytail-no-makeup-schlumpy-stay-at-home-mom look per se but I’m thinking that a change to a “dress for success” perspective would be beneficial. Let’s see what happens this month!