“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.
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
© Debra A. Richardson
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