Easy Beauty – A Déjà vu Entry


Hey everybody…welcome to the Déjà vu Blogfest.  It turns out selecting the right article to re-post was a lot harder than I imagined.  So many deserved consideration, but only one could be chosen.  In the end I decided to select a piece that still resonates with me and I believe sends a message that’s worth repeating. Some of you might remember it, being originally posted on 3/1/10 and well received at the time, but now I’m hoping that a new wave of bloggers will feel the same way.

In case you lost the link, you can find the list of other Déjà vu participant’s right here. Please check them all out because I’m certain you’ll experience some special writing.  Enjoy this special day!
 
We all read a lot of blogs.  I mean A LOT.  The content is so diverse, ranging from instructional, insightful, inspirational, comedic, and everything in between.  It’s rare when I don’t take something from what I read here and find a way to improve my writing, or my disposition.  I consider this community a bubbling spring of enthusiasm and I try to give back as much as I absorb.  I also develop some of my own blog post from snippets of ideas on other blogs.  It could be something as simple as an open-ended question or an unusual turn of a phrase, but I’ll mull it over and expand upon it here, adding my own unique flavor to it.  This is one of those times.

Today’s topic first originated from a blog I read almost a year ago (sorry, I can’t find the link).  It revolved around the author’s pending 39th birthday and she was reflecting about the increased number of gray hairs on her head, the few extra pounds she was carrying, and the additional wrinkles staring back at her in the mirror.  The gist of her writing revolved around society’s definition of beauty and what women today had to suffer through to try and at least stay in the ball park.  It was a fascinating read for sure, but it wasn’t actually the blog itself that stuck in my memory, but rather a comment left by a fellow reader.  In that remark the person wrote that he didn't really understand men (or women) who went for the "easy beauty".   EASY BEAUTY…what an interesting concept.        
Unconsciously, the seed of what the commenter said stayed with me, germinating until just recently when I read another blog post.  It was written by another female blogger and in her blog she was lamenting about feeling Unpretty.  Her heartfelt post stirred something in me and evoked the memory of the prior blog and that unique phrase.    

Here I am today, still needing to say more.  We live in a society that places far too much emphasis on physical appearances.  It’s fruitless to deny its existence, or relevance, a pheromone in a visual form attracting the sexes to each other and rendering us powerless against its magnetism, like a moth drawn to a deadly flame.  But who created the measuring stick that we all, men and women both, are compelled to compare ourselves to?  A smile with perfectly aligned glistening white teeth, once only available to the wealthy and privileged, is now almost expected.  Bulging bust, trim waistlines, tropical tans, and acne-free complexions are the standards.

It seriously makes me angry when I think about the damage this does (and revenue it generates).  I don't consider it vain or shallow to worry about how others see us. It's simply human nature. The problem is the beauty we desire others to see can’t be found in the mirror. It's in the eyes and hearts of those we come in contact with everyday. We all have a different set of lenses we see the world with and what might be pretty to you...could be unremarkable to me.  But there is one form of beauty that is universal.  And more importantly it’s a splendor that no amount of eye liner, blush, lipstick, highlights, nail polish, teeth whiteners, antioxidant face cream, body oil, styling gel, or perfume can enhance.  That’s our inner-beauty.

The person who can recognize inner beauty, sees so much more.  To me, that’s the true easy beauty because it is so much more natural and organic. Why spend so much energy focusing on cosmetics and an outer appearance that will eventually fade?  Partners drawn to one another by physical appearance alone, eventually, will not see each other.  Concentrate instead on the element of yourself that will resonate long past your prime, and even after you have gone.

How do you identify inner-beauty?  For me, it’s in the little things.  I was in a store the other day, standing in line waiting to check out, when I saw an elderly man by himself who was struggling to carry his grocery bags.  A young woman who was sitting in the coffee shop of the store also noticed the elderly man.  She sprung up from her chair, took the grocery bag from the grateful customer, and walked the man out to his car.  I honestly can’t remember what the woman looked like, but I remember her actions.  I had witnessed inner-beauty. 

Let’s not have a misunderstanding here, I appreciate looking at a beautiful girl as much as anyone.  But that doesn’t mean any woman’s self-worth should be determined by how pretty I think she is.  I believe that any woman with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye...can never be considered anything but beautiful. A vibrant inner-being will always shine through. That doesn't mean they'll win any beauty contests...but in the end...why should they need to?

92 comments

  1. This was a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. It's so true how society warps our minds, and I see first hand the damage it inflicts on our teenagers. And I know the consequences of striving for "external" beauty. Not fun.

    Excellent post. I can see why you chose this one.

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  2. This post radiates INNER beauty! Thank you, Don, for sharing it! Although science has shown that humans are attracted to certain universal qualities as part of our primitive instinct to find a healthy mate with good genes for reproduction (survival of the fittest, natural selection and all that), it is sad to think that so many revert to this, and only this, instinct, in choosing an other half, thereby demoting us to nothing more intellectual than the rutting deer or the flamboyant peacock.

    Having said that, many of these people will soon learn the folly of their ways when the inner ugliness of their object of desire surfaces! ;)

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  3. Thanks for hosting this awesome blogfest!

    This is a wonderful post!!
    So true! And there are lots of women who are physically gorgeous (by society's definitions, anyway...) but they are superficial, shallow not-very-nice human beings!
    ~MISH~
    http://writer-in-transit.co.za/deja-vu-blogfest/

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  4. I think this is something that comes with age. We have so much shoved in our faces by the media on what beauty is, but it's extremely tainted. Children know true beauty. They pick it up so fast, we should all take notes from them. It's a difficult concept for teens tho... and the truth is even someone who may be attractive on the outside, may be greatly troubled on the inside.
    Definitely a worth repost, DL!

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  5. AMEN! Just think how much good could be done with the money spent (by the consumer as well as Research & Development) on all the lotions, pills, and other cosmetics every year.

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  6. I love that phrase -- easy beauty. I think you're right that it was created to generate revenue for corporations, and as a society we've bought it hook, line, and sinker.

    All you need to do is look at classic paintings and historic photographs to recognize that beauty didn't always mean what it does today.

    I wonder if past generations and ancient cultures had their own form of easy beauty, or did they look deeper?

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  7. It's amazing when someone who is average looking looks beautiful b/c of their inner beauty! And vice versa.

    Great blogfest!

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  8. Great pic DL! Inner beauty does have to do with seeing the good parts in yoursel and in others and I also think it's a way in which we interact with other people.

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  9. Now that was some profound truth! My wife is beautiful not just for how she looks but for the person she is. Her looks attracted my attention but that spark inside of her kept my interest.
    And I'm really glad she's not drop-dead gorgeous or I'd be beating other guys off with a big stick!

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  10. This post is easy to love! I really appreciated it and will carry it with me as I journey out into the world today. Also--thanks for this blogfest--so many excellent re-posts today!

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  11. DL, my immediate thoughts were, "Ohhh-hh, he's trying to attract and keep many new female bloggers today." =D I've tried the online dating thing and, unfortunately, that is a place where inner beauty cannot be seen. When I voiced my frustrations to a friend, I was told something like this; "We all judge people on their outer appearances. How they look and how we respond to their looks, determine if we will speak with them for any amount of time. Even in the grocery store. If another stops us with a question, our 'attraction' to them determines if we will communicate beyond that question." Inner beauty is a beautiful thing, but we never see the lack of it until the divorce proceedings.

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  12. I love this post! Woman struggle so much with beauty. Society can be brutal at times, so it's nice to hear about a random act of kindness.

    I joined the blog hop at the last minute. :) I swear I don't usually procrastinate.

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  13. Wonderful post for today, DL! If only more people could see beauty the way you do.

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  14. You hit this one out of the park DL! True beauty is not something you can hold but rather must experience. I'm glad you reposted this one. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  15. Ah, yes, this was worthy of repeat. It's a great message that resonates with me as well.

    This post illustrates the value of reading comments as well as the posts. I too have often gotten inspiration from a comment that lead me to write a post later. And I've met some interesting new bloggers in that way as well. You teach more than one valuable lesson in this post.

    I too found this blogfest more difficult to choose a post than I had expected but it was fun to look back.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  17. We are so inundated with constant marketing of society's beauty; this is a tough one. I know what's beautiful to me in a person and that is kindness and humor. The hard part is remembering all that when we look at ourselves in the mirror. I think we are harder on ourselves than we may be when judging beauty in others. Thus, I understand the blogger who mentioned feeling "unpretty". I hope she read your post that day or will today!

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  18. What a beautiful post! I'm so glad you chose this one to re-post. Inner-beauty. Sometimes, it's not something you can point your finger at, I think. It's something that radiates from within. It shows, of course, in a person's actions moreso than their words.

    I agree that society has made a mess of things. I've had my own issues with appearance, and the mean, cruel girls of my middle school classes didn't make it any easier. Girls are so mean. And society keeps showing us these models so skinny, you see every single bone in their collar bones and spines. It's horrible. Actresses too.

    The sad thing is, we're all different. We do all look different. Some people are able to be better looking, at least on the outside, than others. They're born that way. It's in their genes. And it's human nature to divide ourselves into like groups. Not that I'm proud of that, though I don't think my little group of friends in real life or my group of friends online all look alike at all.

    Instead, we have matching souls. Online, we are writers. We share that passion and drive. We don't become friends on here because someone's profile looks good.

    That's how it should be in the real world too. But I think it takes growing up, growing out of society's vision for us, maturing, for most people to see that.

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  19. You're smart, funny, kind, thoughtful and a good friend. What could be more beautiful.

    Thanks for all you do. It is a pleasure to get to know you more each day. I'm not sure how I found you, or if you found me. Either way I'm grateful.

    Just another one of the good guys!

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  20. Great post. I've got a coworker who's struggling to help her daughter not get trapped in the easy (fake) beauty.

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  21. Ah ... yes ... and I agree with Alison - this can inflict so much damage on teenagers.

    Great post!

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  22. "The problem is the beauty we desire others to see can’t be found in the mirror. It's in the eyes and hearts of those we come in contact with everyday." --Amazing!! This is a beautiful post.
    Happy to participate in this blogfest--it's a great idea. :)

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  23. Huh, now I kinda feel like a jerk for making that appointment for a facial this morning. But the gift card's going to expire on Dec. 31! And really, I'm in it for the heated fuzzy, lotion gloves...and the neck massage. But I promise while I'm laying there getting pampered I'll meditate on inner beauty, okay?

    Seriously though, this is a beautiful post, and I believe inner beauty shines through, like that woman at the store. Inner ugly also shows and easily eclipses outer beauty. From what I hear, that new movie Young Adult does a great job making this point.

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  24. Oh, amen! Bravo! Here here!! And so on. Thanks so much for bringing this one back out - it's a beautiful entry with, as J.C. said, inner beauty just radiating from it.

    I too can appreciate a good-looking man just as easily as the next lady. But looks are not what really get my attention - personality does that.

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  25. Hey DL...are you SURE you're a guy?? Very "beautiful" post!

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  26. My wife and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and I can tell you when you really love someone, outward appearance becomes less important over time. Great post!

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  27. Wonderful post. This one will stick with me, DL. Thanks for reposting and for the great blogfest!

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  28. Great choice for a repost. Really nicely worded. :)

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  29. Beautiful post DL. Beauty is something that is so in our faces--what we think of it, how we judge it, how it's manipulated and the power it has over society. Thank you for a look at what really matters!

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  30. OOh what a great post. I mean, there's nothing wrong with looking your best, as long as you're doing it because it makes YOU feel good, and not because you want to impress others.

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  31. Don, I remember this post fondly and it brought tears to my eyes when I re-read it just now. I don't think anyone could have said it better. We all succumb to vanity and low self-esteem from time to time, so it's a wonderful reminder to remember how beautiful we are inside. And speaking of inner beauty, yours shines through in every word you've written here and in your other blog posts and stories. Proud to call you my blog friend and critique partner!

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  32. i wish more people could read this! it sounds like all your followers agree and we are trying to show inner beauty =)
    thanks for the fest! great replay!

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  33. This was a lovely post. Thank you very much.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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  34. Wonderful re-post and well said! Thanks for sharing it again! <3

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  35. Sitting here now, forty-something with three kids and a husband, I spend very little of my time worrying over my looks. Though I've certainly waded through my share of the *I'm not good enough, smart enough, or pretty enough* feelings.

    Love thy self. There's the Beauty.

    Is my heart full? Do I share it with others? Am I teaching my children through example, the true meaning of Beauty? You bet!

    Awesome post!
    Love the Deja vu blogfest!

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  36. What a wonderful choice for the deja vu blogfest.

    These lines spoke most earnestly to me: I believe that any woman with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye...can never be considered anything but beautiful. A vibrant inner-being will always shine through. That doesn't mean they'll win any beauty contests...but in the end...why should they need to?

    True, why should anyone need to?

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  37. And you are beautiful for re-posting this. You chose well!

    This is something I think about very often. And I really wish the media would start to represent the 'real woman' in their promotional campaigns, instead of the photo-shopped mutants that don't even exist.

    We need to start teaching young women, somehow, the importance and significance of inner-beauty, in this perfection-frenzied jungle. Otherwise women are just going to hate themselves more and more. You think it'll ever happen?

    Excellent post!

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  38. DL, thank you for post this again, as was said before, you chose well.

    I see inner beauty every time I see my wife playing/talking quietly/caring for our two boys. She is not the person I married; she is much, much more.

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  39. Most compelling reading, I was brought up to believe that beauty comes from inside, your actions, respect to others and williness to help the needy now that to me is beautiful not some perfectly made up face and a false smile.

    Thanks for getting this blogfest off the ground, a pleasure to take part.

    Yvonne.

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  40. What a wonderful and thought-provoking post. Thanks again for hosting this great fest, DL, it's a blast!

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  41. Great post, D.L. A man may draw me in with his good looks, but if that's all there is (I've met a couple of those--BORING!!!!), then I can only look so long.

    What makes a man extraordinarily beautiful/handsome is when he also has that inner beauty you discussed above. He's handsome but doesn't know it, or doesn't care. Although my husband's appearance is what initially attracted me to him, his kind and gentle nature is what kept me around for the long haul. By far he is one of the most beautiful people I've ever known.

    When I speak of him, I seldom get a visual (like the kind woman in the store). I only remember his actions.

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  42. So true about the smile and the sparkle in the eye. I sometimes meet people that I make me marvel at their spark, their enthusiasm, their compassion, that blows me away in a way that physical beauty never does.

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  43. Fantastic choice for a repeat. There are people I know who are more beautiful than any of the siliconed, botoxed, and liposuctioned "beauties" that grace the news stand, simply because of their daily actions. Beauty is more than some media created snapshot, it's a way of being.

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  44. Thanks for hosting this wonderful blogfest. Great post and I agree 100%. Another way to find Easy Beauty is in a genuine smile. That always makes a person's inner beauty shine.

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  45. This post was beautiful!
    Thanks for reminding us of the importance of the inner beauty. It always makes my heart melt when I see people do good deeds, little ons naturally.

    A smile, a twinkle in the eye...so much beauty in this world which sometimes go unnoticed...

    Thanks again for sharing!

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  46. Hi,

    Thanks for dreaming up the blogfest!

    I love the old saying: cold hands warm heart! Same goes for smiling eyes: the windows to our souls! ;)

    best
    F

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  47. Love this post. If we put as much pressure on ourselves and each other to make sure our inner beauty was as perfect as our outer beauty, we'd be a much nicer society.

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  48. This was definitely a post worth repeating. Thank you for sharing. You are so right!

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  49. This should be posted on fitting rooms (particularly in the bathing suit section) in every store! Well that's never gonna happen, but I'm tempted to put it on my fridge! This really was beautifully written, as well as timeless! Thanks for hosting this amazing blogfest, and making us all feel a little better about ourselves. Julie

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  50. Yes, this needed to see the light of day again! Beautifully written and such a powerful message. Thank you, DL!
    My Blog

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  51. Good choice....and thanks for hosting the deja vu blog fest....

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  52. Wow, DL. What a great post - and to think I would have missed it if not for the blogfest.

    "Easy beauty" is a concept I understand well. I talk about this with my 30-something girlfriends a lot. We are all pretty horrified to be living in a world where young girls are seeing reality stars as role models, and they're reality stars simply because they're beautiful on the outside. I was spared reality TV in my day, and I'm thankful for that.

    Seriously, this was a great post. Maybe you should repost it every year :)

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  53. Love this post. I always find that people beautful on the inside become beautiful to my eye.

    Thanks for a great blogfest!

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  54. Well said! I think how we perceive beauty is a quality taught to us by our parents. That's not to say that we aren't each affected by the media, but surely, inner beauty is so much more attractive than outer beauty. A gorgeous face and body cannot make up for an unattractively mean nature. beautiful post, DL. And thanks for hosting this blogfest!

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  55. Lovely post! I've seen far too many students suffer over the outer parts of themselves. It's heartbreaking and so hard to change.

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  56. Wow - how could any woman read this and not love it? Thanks for re-posting so more of us could share it. AND thanks for the blogfest! Lots of fun!!

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  57. Excellent post! I'm glad I found your blog via this wonderful blogfest--thanks!

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  58. An excellent re-post choice DL. Unfortunately, inner beauty is something most people have to “get to know” before they stop caring about the outer package. Me; I like people for their actions.

    But, I’m not a pretty person (No, that is not a cue for compliments, please don’t). Growing up, I noticed people who don’t fit the criteria of “beautiful” are more accepting of others. As I‘ve matured, I‘ve found that even “pretty“ people are more focused on deeds/intelligent conversation than looks.

    The reason I blog with my real name, and post my true picture, is so that people (other blogger/authors) will like me for my posts, regardless of my looks; and not based on some fantasy personae.

    Again, thanks for reposting this. It is very thought provoking.

    ........dhole

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  59. I'm glad you re-posted this. It makes me angry, too, how people feel pressured to measure up to someone else's yardstick.

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  60. It is incredibly refreshing to read this perspective, especially coming from a man. Thank you, and thanks for hosting this great blogfest.

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  61. What a wonderful post! I live in Los Angeles where everything revolves around looks and is exhausting. I used to try to keep pace, but I'm finding it much more refreshing to just be me - and I have a great circle of friends because of it. My friends ACT beautiful - they give back to their community, help nurture others, etc. That makes them beautiful. And, like you said, that is a lasting beauty! It leaves the world around them beautiful just because they were in it!

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  62. What a lovely post. I truly believe that 'beauty comes from within' and what a person is, is far more important than how they look.

    Thanks for the Deja Vu Fest, what a great idea!

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  63. Wonderful, thoughtful and thought-provoking post. I suppose there are many things that could constitute inner beauty, but I always come back to one simple thing: kindness. I think that chef Ina Garten is absolutely beautiful,and it's because she has a very kind face, and seems to actually BE kind. I would like her to adopt me, actually.

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  64. awesome post. Like you I'm not immune to a pretty face or a toned fit body. However, I will never forget a boyfriend I had who I met through work. At first, I completely dismissed him as attractive because he didn't fit my 'ideal.' He was simply a fellow worker. But as I got to know him and talk to him and goof around with him he became more and more interesting AND infinitely more attractive until...well, you get the idea :)

    and then there's that old saying, "pretty is as pretty does."

    thanks for this one.

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  65. I think the people we truly remember in life are the ones who were beautiful on the inside. Yes, outer beauty is something that attracts, but if the inner beauty isn't there, it's shallow and unfulfilling. After all, we're all going to get old someday (even if we get Botox and surgery!).

    However, beauty is a gift from God. It comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. I think the key is learning to see beauty almost everywhere, and appreciating and praising those inner beauties when you meet them!

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  66. all of the women who read this post just fell in love with you. ;)

    lovely choice for the deja vu. great blogfest!

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  67. Aw. You're right - why should anyone need to win a beauty contest? Unless, of course, you need money for college like a friend of mine did. :) Hey, you use what you have to get ahead, right?
    Great post, and one I've marked to refer back to when my tween daughter worries too much about her looks. Thanks for hosting this blogfest!! (New follower.)

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  68. Thank you for hosting this blogfest!

    I concur! Such a lovely post and shows your inner light. Just the fact that you noticed that woman helping that elderly man says a lot. So many people are too consumed with themselves to even notice what is happening around them. Good choice to bring this one back! I think it is timeless.

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  69. Thanks again for the blogfest, DL! I'm still going through the list. You ever need help with a future blogfest, just let me know.

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  70. Don, reading this post was like having a chat with a friend and sharing ideas. I'd add - inner beauty is hard to fake and can't be bought for any amount of money. cheers
    Sue

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  71. I appreciate this post so much. For me, the most beautiful woman in the world was Mother Theresa. Her love for the unfortunate was an inspiration to me and thousands of people.

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  72. Thanks for the Blogfest DL! This was a lot of fun resurrecting an old blast from the past. Met some new people too!

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  73. Beautiful post. Now I'm ruminating on the phrases "easy beauty" and "unpretty." You're right- there's so much in those words and ideas to explore.

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  74. Thank you for that beautiful post, and for the link about feeling Unpretty. I related to everything about that post, and it's one of the reasons I'm sometimes glad both my children are boys - so I don't have to witness them going through the same pain I went through when I realized I was never going to blossom into a great beauty. I know men worry about their looks, too, but I think it's different for women.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  75. I'd never considered the idea of easy beauty before--I like your take on it. You can't masquerade what's inside with cosmetics, right? Your post is a good reminder to focus on what matters most.

    Thanks for the blogfest!

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  76. Wonderful post. So many people never get past the external view. I think that's pretty sad.

    Great blog fest.

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  77. Wonderful post.

    It is our natural animal instincts that are attracted to outer beauty because it means a healthy partner who can provide what we need to procreate. But that's what makes us different from animals, seeing this inner beauty that our souls are capable of manifesting.

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  78. Great post and so true. I've met physically beautiful people who have become uglier once I've got to know them, and we all know that once you fall in love with someone they are beautiful to you no matter what they look like.

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  79. Your timing with this post is so good for me. Truly. I'm struggling with aging. (And rather shocked that I am. But I am.)And I suspect you've inspired a post of my own. ;)

    So thank you for picking this.

    Also thanks for hosting the blogfest. Great idea.

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  80. Great post!

    Inner-beauty is so important--and so overlooked as well.

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  81. DL this was a great Do-Over post.

    In fact it should be a yearly post, particularly as we come closer to the New Year when many people start listing off all the things they need to "improve" about their self.

    I have been in the "beauty" business for the last twenty-eight years...ahhh, the stories I could tell about the quest for external beauty while the core inner beauty is left for the dogs to fight over!

    Sad...very sad! Beauty, as far as I am concerned, is truly in the eye of the beholder. What is beautiful to one is not necessarily so to another.

    And...who, in their right mind, ever judges a book by its cover, hmmm?

    Very thought-provoking post.

    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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  82. Aww, I LOVE this! Really beautiful, and obviously heartfelt. Thanks so much for (re)sharing your uplifting and inspirational words. :)

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  83. Amen, brother!

    Love this line:
    "Partners drawn to one another by physical appearance alone, eventually, will not see each other. "

    Thanks so much for hosting this fest ; and your comment on my post about being a superhero made my day :)

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  84. I"m glad you reposted this. I could've written the original post your described. I agonize about gray hairs, extra pounds, sagging skin. My husband always reprimands me, telling me that's just age. (He should be telling me how young I look, so I feel better.) But if all we care about is the outside, it's pretty superficial. Look at the Kardashians.

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  85. "Easy beauty." I like that phrase! We used to be taught as kids that "beauty is as beauty does." I guess that's still being taught. I need to remember to tell my own daughters that more often... It's so true that what's inside is what counts the most. And personally, I think YIK! whenever I see constructed beauty...

    Anyway, great post, great fest (as always!). Thanks for the insights, Don~ :o) <3

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  86. I'm emailing this to a very good friend of mine who finds herself 'unpretty'. It makes me sad how down on herself she is because of what the people around her consider beautiful.
    She has been my rock for such a long time now, and that inner beauty is what makes her so important to me, and I know it's the same for others in her life.
    Thanks for posting this.

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  87. I've responded to everyone who have their email address in their profile, but this is for all the rest of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for all all of the kind comments about my re-post and the problem itself. Who knew that there would be a "real" beauty pagent right here in the comments!

    Even though there are a great many people out there that think as I do, a little reminder every now and then couldn't hurt.

    Have a great week everyone!

    DL

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  88. I read this post on Friday and didn't get a chance to comment.
    This is a wonderful post. Inner beauty and being a good person on the inside are what is truly important at the end of the day.
    Thank you for hosting this blogfest.

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  89. Great re-post. Too much emphasis is placed on outer beauty. I love when inner beauty shines through.

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  90. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm so glad I got to read this post. It's so refreshing to hear this.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  91. "Partners drawn to one another by physical appearance alone, eventually, will not see each other."

    A beautiful line in a thoughtful, evocative post. I love it.

    Thanks for hosting the blogfest last month!

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