Beauty Of A Woman

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“There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”  ~Washington Irving

The best cosmetic in the world is an active mind that is always finding something new. ~Mary Meek Atkeson

A disabling diagnosis stripped me of thinking of myself as a beautiful/total woman.  Social definitions as youth, sexuality (which is a mystique without definition), & ability can be admirable attributes, but not what defines being a woman or beautiful.

Condescending comments along with my own syndrome insecurities battered my sense of feeling like a woman.  My housebound era did not encourage makeup or dressing up, sometimes too much to tackle.  During the last few years, I became reacquainted with the wonderful deliciousness of my womanhood.

In midlife, I discovered what defines a beautiful woman.  Strength of character, compassion, wit, a sense of humor, with confidence, are admired and acknowledged by many.  I am learning that sometimes I do not lose something, I let go.

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The Beauty Of A Woman

The beauty of a woman isn’t in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes;
Because that’s the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman isn’t in a facial mole;
But true beauty in a woman, is reflected by her soul.
It’s the caring that she cares to give, the passion that she shows;
And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows.

Authorship is variously attributed to the following authors:
Maya Angelou, Ralph Fenger, Audrey Hepburn & Sam Levenson

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one.” ~Simone DeBeauvoir

“Outward beauty is not enough; to be attractive a woman must use words, wit, playfulness, sweet-talk, and laughter to transcend the gifts of Nature” ~Petronius

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© Debra A. Richardson

#stiffpersonsyndrome #beauty #raredisease #selfworth

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4 thoughts on “Beauty Of A Woman

  1. This Blog is Beautiful and Inner Strength, in the Face of Adversity, is What is the Definition of True Beauty. Love you Deb.

  2. It doesn’t happen often enough .. chance stumbling’s that help us clarify our thoughts, support our ideas or express our feelings in words we haven’t been able to form. Thank you so much for sharing.

    What a gift it’s been to find a way from the insecurities and negative self image that come with having a disability or chronic illness to an acceptance of what is right and good in ourselves. It’s taken me four long years but I’m here now ..

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