“If the world was blind how many people would you impress?” Boonaa Mohammed
What an excellent question. We live in a world that applauds external beauty. After all, when there’s a thing of beauty we stop and notice.
We are all drawn to the outside beauty… at least for a moment. And so we spend crazy amounts of time to achieve beauty. Myself included. I stress over every flaw just as many of you probably do… We put tremendous emphasis on exterior beauty.
The irony is that irrespective of what proportion of effort we put into achieving beauty, it’ll always fade. However, “beautiful” is something that goes on forever. Real beauty doesn’t fade because it isn’t based on looks in the least. We have all met people who have tremendous beauty on the outside, yet who don’t fit the outline of “Beautiful” because ultimately beautiful has nothing to do with a person’s looks.
“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” Ninon de L’Enclos
“Beautiful” is all about how you’re as a person and how you make others feel about themselves. It’s something that radiates outwards from the within. You don’t need to buy the expensive products, treatments or put yourself through excruciating regimes and diets. In fact, achieving beautiful doesn’t cost any money or require you to not eat for a week.
When you see a really beautiful person you recognize it, this glow of happiness. Their eyes sparkle. They smile. They’re generous and kind and loving. They’re giving of their time and skills to help others. They lift others up. They need integrity. They need character. They’re unaware of their looks. They light a space once they enter it. They’re optimistic and see the great around them. They’re grateful. And despite their age, their size, or outfit, they’re unquestionably beautiful 100% of the time. Who wouldn’t want that??
Yet, do we put the maximum amount effort into being beautiful as we do in trying to become a thing of beauty?
- “True beauty in an individual is reflected in their soul.” Audrey Hepburn
- “Take care of your inner spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.” Dolores del Rio
- “If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.” Anonymous
- “Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly a beautiful soul.” Anonymous
- “Real beauty is to be true to oneself.” Laetitia Casta
- “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius
- “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli
- “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel
- “Beauty is the opposite of perfection – it’s about confidence, charisma, and character.” Anonymous
- “Be your own kind of beautiful.” Anonymous
- “The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.” Francis Bacon
- “That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” Ninon de L’Enclos
- “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” Ellen Degeneres
- “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
- “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Kahlil Gibran
- “Beautiful has nothing to do with looks. It’s how you are as a person and how you make others feel about themselves.” Anonymous
- “Beauty is the radiance of your soul.” Asad Meah
What’s your favourite quote?
In the cover picture, I am in front of the Met in New York, a place I wish to return one day to explore it more! It has always been my dream to travel the world. Why Travelling is Good for You? Here are 10 reasons:
- You Learn About Yourself
💭 “A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet .” Patrick Rothfuss
- You Improve Your Mind
💭 “If you allow it, travel has the ability to expand your mind in a way you never realized was possible,” Trusted Travel Girl, Valerie Wilson.
- It Strengthens Relationships
💭“The shared experience of travel brings people together. A family getaway, a romantic trip, or long weekend with the girls or guys can strengthen important bonds.” Betsy Goldberg
Boosts happiness and satisfaction
💭 “According to a Cornell University study, the anticipation of a trip can increase your happiness substantially, even more than the anticipation of acquiring something tangible, like a new car.” Riyaz Babu Shaik from Medium.com
- It Puts Life in Perspective
💭 “Traveling to other countries, particularly those in the developing world, can be a big wake up call and put your own life in perspective. Things that you may take for granted, like having running hot water, modern appliances and the opportunity to study and get a well-paid job at the end of it are not available to everyone, purely because of where they were born. You’ll probably come away with a new appreciation for everything you have and the opportunities that life throws your way.” buildabroad.org
- You Get More Social
💭 “It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone, crying each night into a pillow. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people.” Nomadic Matt
- You Won’t Regret You Didn’t Do Something or Never Visited a You Always Dreamed to See
💭 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Mark Twain
- It’s an Investment in Yourself
💭 “The money you spend on travel, is an investment in yourself. Travel doesn’t make you feel as bad for spending money.”
- It Increases Your Mental Wellbeing
💭 “Travelling more is likely to have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being, especially if you’re no used to going out of your comfort zone.” The Claimcompass Blog
- You’ll Have Incredible Adventures (and Stories to Tell)
💭 “Whatever your initial expectations and travel plans are, it’s more than likely that you’ll have incredible adventures along the way that not even J.K. Rowling could write the script for. Sometimes it’s everyday encounters that dish up unimaginable experiences, or wild side trips that you take on a whim, but chances are you’ll be going home with a few tales to tell.” buildabroad.org
Which one is your favourite?
This year I made a promise to myself to go away as much as possible. I visited Denmark, USA, France, Romania, Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania (a few times as my family lives there) this year. Might not seem like a lot to some but it felt to me like I’m always going somewhere! I loved it and I hope the next year will be just as eventful. Please visit my Instagram to see the visual diary of my travels. And my recent post about where to go for a great cocktail in Amsterdam.
What is your dream places to visit?
To start the New Year!
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. —Vince Lombardi
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. —Oprah Winfrey
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. —Eleanor Roosevelt
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. —Jimmy Dean”
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. —Albert Einstein
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. —Stephen Covey
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. —Amelia Earhart
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis
Sunday’s food for thought