"Beauty is the wisdom of women. Wisdom is the beauty of men."
~ Chinese Proverb
To the woman shaming herself for her appearance, please stop.
Stop pointing out every flaw, imperfection, shortcoming, or mistake you’ve made. It’s your criticism that’s ugly - not your appearance!
Yes, it's true. Many of us have gained weight in the last year, and you may have, too. But guess what? It happens! This year was like no other. We were challenged and tested in ways we couldn’t have imagined. But, look! You survived. Isn’t that something?
Focusing on the lines on your face, rolls on your belly, and gray hairs on your head leaves little room for love. If you're upset about how much weight you've gained, just remember that love weighs less than hate. When you stop hating your appearance and start loving yourself, inner and outer transformation can happen.
Practice self-love and self-compassion. It’s normal to dislike weight gain, wrinkles, age spots, and gray hairs. But don’t let them steal your joy. You can't fight the aging process with self-criticism. So, embrace change with grace and dignity instead. Grace keeps you young and beautiful.
To appreciate how beautiful you are, give yourself credit for everything you’ve overcome and achieved in your life. True beauty lies beneath your skin. In each flaw lies the wisdom that represents the beauty of your life. Therefore, embracing flaws in your appearance and life makes you most beautiful. Seek, and you shall find.
Your weight reflects all the meals you ate with your family. Even in times of uncertainty, you found comfort around the dinner table with those who matter most. Weight is temporary, but your family is forever.
Your wrinkles reflect the beautiful ways you express yourself. From your laugh lines to your worry lines, you showed others you care. Use the lines on your face to tell the story of your life.
Your age spots reflect the moments you danced in the sun. These dots connect all the times you spent basking in joy with those you love.
Lastly, your gray hair represents everything you endured. You are a survivor. You are stronger and braver than you give yourself credit for. See your strands of gray hair as your badges of courage. Let them remind you how resilient you are.
Be kind to your mind and everything will be fine. You deserve the same humanity and kindness you give to others. Use an affirmation like this one to remind yourself you are beautiful.
Say it like you mean it. And, repeat it until you do!